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Dec 16, 2020

Tourism Minister on C.D.C. Designation for Travel to Belize

The Center for Disease Control, better known as the C.D.C., recently placed Belize at a level four. In a travel notice on its official website, the C.D.C. says that travellers should avoid all travel to Belize because it may “increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.” The designation flies in the face of efforts to resuscitate the tourism industry, which had been shattered by the COVID-19 pandemic. G.O.B. and many resorts and hotels have invested millions of dollars into becoming gold standard ready and the warning puts a damper on the potential inflows of the much needed tourism dollar. Today, Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler spoke about the concerns.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

“Stage four has been put on multiple destinations because COVID-19 is rampant all over the world so like everybody is compared to the same level other than Barbados. But this will definitely help to deal with the crisis at hand. And when we talk to the counterparts at the U.S. we will say, we are putting these things in place, let’s have a discussion about those advisories. It does put us a step back, but we are working on getting pass that.”


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