It’s hard to believe that Belizeans have been living under a curfew that has been in place for more than two years as part of Belize's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But now, both the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. John Briceno and Health and Wellness Minister of Belize, Kevin Bernard, are in full support of lifting the curfew and easing other Covid-19 restrictions.
“I realize that COVID is going to be here to stay and so in Cabinet we’ve been looking at, at ways that it is, at the same time following the science as to how we can lift some of these restrictions, we’ve had them for too long.” commented John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize told the media:
“It was necessary but you know there comes a time. You know, COVID is going to be here and fortunately the Omicron variant is not as serious as the Delta and so we believe that it is time to look at how we can open up. Easing up restrictions and easing up on the curfew and finding ways on how we can better work and operate in Belize as we keep on living with COVID.
As of February 14, 2022, a total of 213,679 persons or 49.76% of the total population had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 205,678 or 47.81% of the total population has been fully vaccinated. The government also said that 30,671 Belizeans aged 12 to 17 years old have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 25,351 two doses. Additionally, over 35,449 booster shots have been issued to date.
“That is not to say that everything that is there will be lifted,” Hon. Kevin Bernard. “We need to look at it responsibly in a phased manner and the issue of the curfew is one of the most prevailing points across the country. People feel that it has been going on for too long.”
Bernard is urging Belizeans to continue to adhere to the health protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing, adding also that a relaxation of the curfew would not necessarily mean a return to the night life the population had been experiencing before the pandemic.