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Oct 1, 2021

ComPol Says Most Belizeans are Abiding by Curfew Regulations

The fate of the existing curfew will be decided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness sometime over the weekend with the introduction of a new statutory instrument.  The past two weeks have seen Belizeans across the country adhering to a seven o’clock curfew which expires on Sunday.  But what comes next and are Belizeans really obeying the curfew regulations?  Here’s what ComPol Williams had to say.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“People are complying with it for the most part and yes, as police officers, we must at times use our discretion.  Like for example, last night, a lady had messaged me around 6:30 saying that she needs to take her husband to work at nine p.m. last night.  I did not see her message until after ten last night and so I messaged her and asked her if she was able to get through and so she said to me, yes she took her husband to work around nine.  The police stopped her at the checkpoint, they asked her where she was going and she explained to them that she was taking her husband to work and the police allowed her to go through.  So those are things that I was happy to hear because I wouldn’t want that her husband would lose his job because of her not being able to take him to work.  So once officers use their discretion in those circumstances, I am very, very happy for that.  And again, as much as we do have the no-movement Sundays, there are certain classes of persons who must move around and those are security officers, persons working security duties as security guards, watchmen, people in the medical profession.  You do have farmers who might need to go and check on their crops and feed their animals.”

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