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Jan 22, 2021

U.D.P. Not Oppose to Re-opening of CZL Free Zone, but Wants Details

The Corozal Free Zone reopens on February first.  The reopening is one of the campaign promises that the P.U.P. made before the election.  Since the new government made the decision, an inter-ministerial committee that includes the Health, Home Affairs, Agriculture, and Tourism Ministers has been reviewing plans and protocols for a safe reopening. Businesses must have adequate health safeguards, fifteen trained compliance officers were hired to monitor these businesses and a walk-in tunnel and temperature monitor will be placed at the entrance.  OIRSA personnel will disinfect all vehicles before allowing access to the zone. The Free Zone will be opened to Mexican nationals only, and only one-third of the staff are allowed to return. These details were released via a press release on January fourteenth, but it seems that the Opposition didn’t get the details.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Leader of the Opposition

“There are major concerns that the people of this country have. I would imagine the people in the north especially and we have not heard the details of what security measures, safety measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of our people. We are told that over one thousand Belizean workers will return to the Free zone and they made the point that it is less because it was at one point three thousand people but there is no concrete plan, nothing has been shared with us and we are within days of the reopening of that free zone and if that is the case, there is going to be a serious outbreak of COVID19.  I want to make it clear that the U.D.P. is not against operations of the Free Zone. In fact we endorse that. We feel that that can be helpful with the economy bouncing back.  In fact, we are told now that the new strain of the COVID-19 is in Mexico and that can signal the start of a whole new ball game so my point was we need to hear and very early, we can’t wait until February first. We need hear what those security and safety measures are going to be so that we are able to our people ready.”

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