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Mar 23, 2020

Caye Caulker Residents Become Stranded in Belize City

After the confirmation of Belize’s first COVID-19 case in Belize, transportation to and from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye was discontinued. San Pedro has been placed on quarantine and residents there are asked to stay home. Both water taxi companies have temporarily stopped operations. Unfortunately for Caye Walk Village, the companies have also stopped transporting passengers to La Isla Carinosa. The village had intended to stop visitors to the island, but over the weekend, they were overruled by the Office of the Attorney General. This afternoon, we met some Caye Caulker residents in front of Ocean Ferry Terminal and they told News Five that they are not being permitted to go home.

 

Dillon Chaplin

Dillon Chaplin, Resident, Caye Caulker

“They don’t want us to go to Caye Caulker and I live there. I want to know, Mr. Barrow, where are we going from here. See my return ticket here. Please do something for me. Show ev3ryone who was put out of the terminal. We don’t have anywhere to do. What will we do? I live in Caye Caulker. My wife just come out from the hospital, sick.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“What did they tell you inside there?”

 

Dillon Chaplin

“They told us that this came from the Prime Minister that no boat to Caye Caulker and San Pedro. But no virus is at Caye Caulker. Where are we going from here? We live in Caye Caulker. Do something because it is like they are chance us without rights. I am a sixty one year old Belizean. I want my rights. I want to go home to my wife.”


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