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Jul 20, 2020

B.N.T.U. Has Concerns over P.G.I.A. Re-opening

Bahamas is not allowing U.S. visitors due to the spread of the corona virus. In Guyana, the Civil Aviation Authority has delayed the phased opening of the Cheddi Jagan International airport. The airport was scheduled to reopen its runway two weeks ago but the Guyanese government further considered the health of its people pushing the date to August first. Many in Belize believe that August fifteenth may be too soon for the government to accept commercial flights. One body expressing concerns is the Belize National Teachers Union. President Elena Smith says that the reopening of the P.G.I.A. may lead to a community spread of the COVID-19 virus. 


Elena Smith

Senator Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.

“I think we all know the case of Guyana where the teacher died and we have twenty something teachers who were also infected. Some of them note with the reopening of the airports they began to have more cases. People might say but it is not community spread. It is not community spread yet. But some of these cases we still have not identified the origin. We do not know the origin of these cases. So how can we determine that and if there are persons who are not cooperating with authorities so that they can do the proper mapping, contact tracing. Then how do we determine that for sure. So the reopening of the airport is going to be something to watch keenly and hence the reason we are saying let us do that first if that is what the government wants to do, if they are hell-bent on opening the airport even though a lot of people saying no.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is the B.N.T.U. saying no?”


Senator Elena Smith

“Well we have our concerns as well.”


The reopening of P.G.I.A. is planned for August fifteenth and schools re-open ten days earlier.

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