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Aug 3, 2020

OW Market Closes Temporarily for Sanitization

Also in the north, the Orange Walk Town Council has temporarily closed the market in that municipality.  The reason is because a COVID-19 patient’s family in the Orange Walk District was conducting business at the market and now the area needs to be sanitized.  Today, we spoke with Mayor Kevin Bernard who shares that while the stalls will be closed to vendors and buyers for sanitization, the town council is looking at taking other measures as it relates to vendors who may be selling contraband items at the market.


On the Phone: Kevin Bernard, Mayor, Orange Walk Town

“The reason for the town council to have taken this decision is two-fold. The first was because of the recent case of COVID whereby one of the COVID patients has family members who conduct business at the market stall, at the fruit and vegetable section, we weren’t sure if he was in the vicinity or were at the stall, because I know he usually frequents the stall with his family members. As such, we decided that we will close the market so that we can sanitize the entire area as a part of a preventative measure. Secondly, the council has been receiving some reports that there were some of the vendors that were engaged in buying contraband products, and we feel that it was contrary to what we are trying to achieve in order to prevent and having an area free of COVID. So, that decision has been taken the market area of the fruit and vegetable section has been temporarily closed and we are in the process of sanitizing the entire stalls and areas that we have. So, we are hoping that by the end of this wee k we can resume back at the market but there will be some other measures put in place in terms of security, making sure that people are adhering to the regulations and are not doing any illegal activity in terms of buying contraband products and selling them at the market.”


Mayor Bernard says that the council will be working closely with BAHA and the Customs and Police Departments. If vendors are found to be selling contraband items at the market, they will be evicted.  When we spoke with Bernard earlier today, he was on his way to the hospital to be tested for COVID-19.  He notes that it is a precautionary measure after he came in contact with a COVID-19 patient from Santa Martha Village in the north.  Bernard says that the patient visited his political office, not the town council, on July twentieth. He says that the man was wearing a mask and was sitting six feet away, but for the reasons of transparency as well as health and safety, he informed the health authorities and shared all contacts that were made at the office for the authorities to follow up.

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