Bella Vista and Santa Cruz under curfew


The National Oversight Committee (NOC) held its last meeting on November 2 and it has now been dissolved. As their last act, they have placed two villages in the southern part of the country under curfew. Via a press release, the NOC announced that as part of a request from the Banana Growers Association (BGA), the villages of Bella Vista and Santa Cruz have been placed on a curfew to run from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
The curfew was precipitated by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in that area, affecting several workers in the banana industry, primarily those at banana farms. The release states that, “the BGA fears that without some action from Government, the transmission will spread in the villages and on the farms, forcing closures in an industry that remains an important foreign exchange earner.”
According to the release, there was a request that 13 villages in the area be placed under curfew. The NOC however decided that only the villages of Bella Vista and Santa Cruz be placed on curfew for 14 days initially. Along with the curfew, there will be a prohibition on the sale of alcohol.