The Case Of:
Your Customers Must Wear COVID-19 Mask Or You Will Be Charged Also
A Restaurant owner claim his customers were eating in restaurant when police came and charge him for allowing persons to be in his establishment without a face mask or other nose or face covering
“Jose Nelson Mejia to challenge police in court on charge”
by Anita Nembhard
Belize City, Fri. June 18, 2021
A Belize City businessman of # 50 Eleanor Usher Street in the St. Martins De Porres area is one of many who are being charged for allowing a person to be in his establishment without wearing a face mask.
Jose Nelson Mejia told the court that operates a restaurants located on Wood Pecker Avenue, in Ladyville.
Mejia who was unrepresented appeared before Magistrate, Audrey Grinage in Court #6 where he was read a single charge of allowing a person to be in his establishment without a face mask or other nose or face covering.
Mejia pleaded not guilty to the charge and explain that while he admit to having people in his business who were not wearing a mask, he claim it was because they were sitting down and eating.
When asked by the magistrate what type of business he operates, Mejia said a restaurant.
Magistrate Grinage entered a not guilty on his behalf and informed him that the matter will have to go to trial.
He was offered bail in the sum of $500 plus one surety of the same amount which he met and the case was adjourned until August 18, 2021 when he is expected to be provided with disclosure in the case against him.
The visit by police at his establishment had occurred on April 11, 2021.