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Jul 30, 2021

Spanish Lookout is No Exception to COVID Protocols

Spanish Lookout remains an area of concern for the Ministry of Health, as well as the Belize Police Department.  That Mennonite community in the west has been flouting the COVID regulations and business owners, as well as customers, have been going about without the use of face masks. They have also not been social distancing.  While the ministry is aware of the situation due to the sharp increase in cases, Minister Chebat says that the police department will be enforcing the protocols.


Michel Chebat, Minister of Health & Wellness

Michel Chebat

“You would know that two of the deaths that we had reported earlier this week actually arose out of that community and we do have some concern.  The team did go out there this morning and they went out there to do vaccinations.  This was done after a brief meeting was held between personnel from the Ministry of Health and some of the leaders of that community yesterday and as a consequence of that, the team did go in this morning to conduct some vaccinations there.  I am still waiting to get a number from them to determine how much vaccinations were carried out.  In terms of what the commissioner said, we live in one nation and we expect that the police will enforce the laws throughout our country in a very even way. I can tell you that the conversations with the police force has been ongoing and we do expect that that situation will be remedied by the police in short order. As a government, we have the duty to protect this entire nation and we cannot allow any one group to fall out of the established regulations, outside of the established public health measures.  I can tell you that from a ministry’s point of view, even one death is too many, and so the fact that they have had, to my mind, goes against everything that they have said to you.”

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