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Aug 5, 2020

Philip Goldson International Airport Will NOT Reopen on August 15th

Dean Barrow

The long anticipated reopening of the airport will not happen as planned. After a very stern warning to the nation about not practicing quarantine guidelines, the Prime Minister said that the P.G.I.A. will not reopen on August fifteenth. According to the PM, the soft opening of the tourism will have to wait. Still, there is no date for such.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I don’t have a breakdown of what the numbers for the initial planned flights are looking at. We hear that flights are full, but the airlines up to now have not provided us with a sort of manifest, so we don’t know what the breakdown is between Belizeans who are stampeding for their exits insofar as their stay in the U.S. or elsewhere abroad is concerned. The breakdown between them and the genuine tourists who would have wanted to come to our country, taking advantage of the reopening. But insofar as the tourists are concerned, whatever their numbers, the majority of them would have been going to Ambergris Caye, to San Pedro. That’s clearly not on any longer. And so, it seems to me that that alone knocks in the head any contemplation of trying to press forward with the August fifteenth reopening of the P.G.I.A. So let me declare absolutely unequivocally that we will not now reopen the P.G.I.A. on August fifteenth. This also affects Belizeans, those who did not want to go through the quarantine which is mandatory if you return on the weekly repatriation flights that have been coming out of Houston. Well I am sorry; to the Belizeans now—forgetting the tourists for a moment—you will not be able to come on August the fifteenth, so you will have to be confined to those weekly repatriation flights and you will have to be prepared to be mandatorily quarantined for fourteen days—for your own safety and certainly for the safety of those here at home.”


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