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Jun 4, 2020

Country Can’t Be Locked Off Forever, Says Opposition Leader

The longer the borders remain closed, the more damaging it is to the tourism industry, which accounts for forty-five percent of G.D.P.  The Philip Goldson International Airport remains closed and there is no date as to when it will reopen. Opposition Leader John Briceño says the country can’t be locked off from the rest of the world forever. Briceño says he has proposed to the government to advise stakeholders that the intention to reopen the P.G.I.A. is on July first and if the situation changes before July first, simply push back the date.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of Opposition

“The reality is that Hipolito that our economy is collapsing. Every day more businesses are closing, more people are losing their jobs. People are becoming desperate because they can’t work. We have been blessed, we have been lucky and we did the right decision when we decided to close the country early but the reality is that we can’t continue to stay locked down forever. The situation that we have today is going to be here in October, in November, December , next year, March, April.  It is going to be here. That means then now that we have to start to plan carefully, smartly, cautiously as to how we are going to open. We cannot open the land borders right now because the virus is raging in Mexico and in Guatemala but we can open the Philip Goldson International Airport because one, a limited of people are going to come in so that means that we will be able to do the proper screening, the proper checking and then we will be able to trace and keep in touch as to where exactly they will be going.  I made a proposal three weeks ago saying to the Prime Minister and to the National Oversight Committee let’s give a signal that we want to open on the first of July. We need to do that so that the airlines can plan and they can sell tickets and also that our hoteliers and tour operators can be out there trying to sell their product. Then we will have enough time to put the necessary protocols and to be cautious as to how we are going to open but as I pointed out if something were to happen on the twenty-fifth of June then we can immediately say you cannot come. The pint is that we need to set a time a date and start to prepare.”


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