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Dec 3, 2021

Is Curfew Still Necessary? Barrow Says No, Chebat Yes.

There was a meeting at the House of Representatives today and early on there was an exchange about an issue which affects every Belizean: the curfew. Mesopotamia Area Representative, Shyne Barrow asked the Minister of Health, Michel Chebat a question a lot of Belizeans are beginning to ask: Why is the curfew still in place? With the Speaker of the House, Valerie Woods in Taiwan, the Acting Speaker was Marconi Leal.


Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Area Representative, Mesopotamia

“Will the Minister of Health and Wellness please tell this honourable House why a nationwide curfew is still being enforced despite the almost fifty percent of the population being vaccinated, despite vaccination cards and negative rapid tests being required for public officers to work and for private citizens to enter public buildings, despite the damaging impact to our economy, our financial and mental health?”


Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness

“As of today Mr. Speaker, we have five hundred and seventy-eight reasons why we still have this very mild curfew in place. Mr. Speaker, we cannot continue saying that our fatality rate is too high, yet we want to do away with safety measures.  The reality is sir, that you all need to stop playing politics with the pandemics. Unlike your Minister of Health, this Ministry has been working. We have been addressing a variety of health issues.”


Moses “Shyne” Barrow

“Mister Speaker.”


Marconi Leal, Acting Speaker, House of Representatives

“What’s your point of order?”


Moses “Shyne” Barrow

“The point of order is (Section) thirty-eight, where he’s imputing improper motives by saying that we are playing politics with the pandemic. I am one of the Members of the Opposition that has partnered with the Ministry of Health to do the vaccination drive, so I resent that comment. What science are you relying on, Honourable Minister?”


Michel Chebat

“Member of Mesopotamia, I think you forget, Sir, that the science that guides our decision has an input from one of your representatives on the COVID team.”

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