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Jan 21, 2021

When Will the Curfew End?

Michael Peyrefitte

The United Democratic Party today called a press conference to address matters of national importance.  It was held at the party’s headquarters on Youth for the Future Drive in Belize City.  Opposition Leader Patrick Faber was flanked by U.D.P. Senators Michael Peyrefitte and Sheena Pitts as well as Mesop area rep Moses Shyne Barrow and U.D.P. Attorney Orson Elrington.  Of the topics discussed was the curfew.  At month’s end, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is expected to announce new COVID-19 measures via a statutory instrument. Minister Michel Chebat says that the new S.I. will be comprehensive, and it is likely that government will make changes to the curfew.  The nationwide curfew was put in place on December twentieth, 2020, for an indefinite period.  But, it has received criticism from members of the public and the Opposition, the United Democratic Party.  The U.D.P. says that this is the first time a curfew has been implemented without declaring the State of Emergency and describes it as unconstitutional.  Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa explained on Wednesday that a curfew could be implemented via section eighty-three of the Public and Health Act.  But today, the U.D.P.’s Michael Peyrefitte says that Musa is mistaken. Peyrefitte says that implementing a curfew for an indefinite period is a show of complete disregard to business owners and employees.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, U.D.P. Senator

“Our major issue beside the fact it can’t be legal what they are doing right now is how can you have a curfew that restricts people movements for an indefinite period of time? There must be some cap to curfew period. I have never seen before a curfew period being set without an end date unless somebody can correct me but I have never seen that before. The thing is that when you have a curfew without an end date it tells us or should tell us that there is no plan. Normally when you don’t have a plan or you don’t know what you are doing or you are stumbling everything out the blocks you just shut everything down for no reason and then you decide when you will come out with some SI at the end of this month to determine when curfew will end. To me it is a sign that they don’t know what they are doing and they are feeling their way in the dark. We believe that the government needs to very quickly say to the Belizean people when the curfew will end.”


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