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Sep 17, 2021

Minister Fonseca: “Personal Rights Never Trump Public Good”

Francis Fonseca

On September twentieth, new COVID-19 regulations take effect, including an extension of the curfew from seven p.m. to four a.m. daily; restaurants can only do takeout and a “no movement” Sunday. These regulations will be in place for two weeks in the hope to drive active COVID-19 cases down. But the restrictions have been met with resistance. But as Minister Francis Fonseca told the media today, G.O.B. will do what is in the best interest of the Belizean public.  He says personal rights can never trump the public good.


Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology

“We fully appreciate as a government that people are concerned and people are talking about their personal rights and that’s important, their constitutional rights, all of that is important. But your personal rights never trump the public good and that has been our consistent message. We will do what is in the public interest and anything that we are advised to do by our health professionals that we believe can be accomplished and is in the national interest, we will do.” 

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