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Aug 6, 2020

Prime Minister Dean Barrow Announces Countrywide Quarantine Measures

Dean Barrow

Strident measures are being imposed across the country due to an exploding number of cases of corona virus. There are more than fifty active cases as of now. First, we can say that there is community transmission in San Pedro which is now under lockdown as are three villages in the Orange Walk District for the next fourteen days; no one goes in or goes out. As for the rest of the country, a curfew is being imposed with a limit on social gatherings and the mandatory use of the mask and social distancing continues.  The measures to apply to rest of the country, are less draconian but still restrictive, a curfew will be between ten p.m. and four-fifty-nine in the morning on weekdays.  On weekends; the curfew is for five hours beginning at twelve through to four fifty-nine a.m.  A cap on social gatherings has been imposed to twenty-five; bars and discotheques will be closed, but casinos will operate with limitations. At a press conference later this evening, the Prime Minister outlined what happens in the next two weeks beginning at midnight for the rest of the country.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The rest of the country including the rest of the Orange Walk District will be subject to regulations that will impose a curfew but it will be a between the hours of ten p.m. and four fifty nine p.m. on weekdays and on weekends the curfew will be from twelve a.m. to four fifty nine p.m. Again we will close bars, discoteques, rum shops and nightclubs countrywide. Casinos we are going to allow casino to continue to operate but under the regime that we had institute before we lifted the last State of Emergency. We are going to put a limit on social gatherings. We are going to return to a cap on social gatherings including church attendance. The maximum number of persons allowed to gather socially will be twenty five and even with that twenty five there is the requirement for social distancing. In terms of public transportation we repeat on the buses there is a limit to seating capacity. There is mandatory use of mask. There are the sanitation protocols. With the maritime modes of transport, we have seen the pictures of social media of people packed together like sardines in the water taxis. That as I said from yesterday will have to stop and we are not in terms of enforcement we are not just going to go after passengers who are in breach. We are going to go after the operators of the water taxis and operators.”

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