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Jul 16, 2020

Blue Creek Community Members Express Concerns over Lockdown

The villages of Blue Creek and San Felipe up north remain on lockdown, cut off from the rest of the country. The two villages were placed under a State of Emergency when health officials discovered a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Blue Creek Village last Friday. San Felipe is part of the S.O.E. due to its proximity to Blue Creek and the fact that most of its residents travel to Blue Creek for work. The two villages have been completely sealed off from the rest of the country so that no one goes in and no one comes out.  But tonight, there are concerns from residents.  Blue Creek is an agro-productive community that generates a large portion of our grains, meats, and poultry. Authorities have put in place protocols to deal with the transfer of products from the two villages to the rest of the country. But that process is not only inconvenient, but also very costly.  Blue Creek Credit Union Manager Brendan Teigrob says that farmers and producers have to bear the extra cross in getting their produce across the village borderline.

 

Brendan Teigrob

Brendan Teigrob, Manager, Blue Creek Credit Union

“The cargo that is coming in the community having to unhook at the check and then the enterprise, whoever is bringing the cargo has to have their own towhead in the inside to go and hook on to that cargo and bring it here, do what we need to do with it and then do the reversal to have it exit. That is a lot of extra work and it is rather inconvenient.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Is it more costly?”

 

Brendan Teigrob

“Yes, absolutely. Think about this so the store owner he has to drive his van which he used to haul his merchandise. He has to put a driver in his van and he has to drive it from Blue Creek to the check point. The owner has to follow with his own pickup and the driver from the van gets into the pickup and they come back to Blue Creek and then somebody else has to drive a different driver to that side to the checkpoint with another driver and he gets in the van. So you are making two or three trips to the check point and coming back from the checkpoint. So it is definitely more costly.”


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