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Mar 12, 2020

“Nothing is more important than preserving the health of our people” – PM Barrow

Dean Barrow

As we said, there are no confirmed cases locally, but the Ministry of Health has been consistently saying it is only a matter of time. But unlike other countries, the PM says there is still no decision on travel bans, large gathering or the closure of schools will be imposed. These will come later as the situation continues to evolve. But the government is encouraging non-essential travelling and social distancing.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Decisions will have to be taken on the following; whether or not to continue to allow cruise ships to come, whether or not to officially disallow large gatherings, whether or not to close schools, whether or not to ban air travel, whether or not to restrict freedom of entry at our land borders.  These are not easy decisions to make given the obvious and astronomical impact they would have on us and on the economy, especially, of course, tourism.  But nothing is more important than preserving the health of our people.  Nothing is more important than saving Belizean lives.  I did not want to announce any such decision today without putting our country, as well as those that visit and service Belize on notice, but I advise now that immediately after this press conference I will be speaking again with the health team and the Leader of the Opposition.  I will of course also be talking to business and tourism stakeholders.  Shortly thereafter, I would expect to announce when any or all of the cited measures go into effect. At time such as now, government is called upon to be the nation’s guardian and each of us is called to be the other’s keeper.  It is together, therefore, that we face this crisis, it is together that we will address this crisis and it is together that we will overcome this crisis.”

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