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Apr 14, 2021

Casinos Reopen on Friday, Still No Date for Borders Reopening

Don’t expect to be able to go to Chetumal any time soon. That was the word from the Prime Minister today during his tour of the Karl Heusner Memorial. Despite a recent change in government, a decision to reopen the borders has not been finalized as the Briceño administration continues to monitor the situation in both neighboring countries.  This afternoon, Prime Minister Briceño began by discussing the pending reopening of casinos.

 

John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“We are slowly, gradually, cautiously reopening the country and we’re going step by step, we need to get people back to work.  We have COVID under control and let’s pray that we keep it that way, but people have to go back to work and so the casinos employee hundreds of people.  And so, we felt as a cabinet that it is time to be able to allow them to open under strict safety guidelines and standards: social distancing, mask wearing and everything that goes along with that.  So we have done that.  As to the opening up of borders, it’s not only just about opening up borders but we also have to see what is happening on the other side of the border.  Mexico continues to have a challenge with COVID, they have not taken it on as seriously as we have in Belize and also Guatemala has its problems.  Fortunately, we have put in the necessary attention and taken the drastic decisions to be able to try to control COVID and we have succeeded and we are seeing the results.  And so, we are monitoring it, we are monitoring it and hopefully in the not-too-distant future we maybe can decide as to how we’d open up the border, under what conditions and what will be expected when people are coming back after their visits across the border.”

 

Belize’s borders with Mexico and Guatemala remain closed indefinitely, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The northern and western frontier points, as well as the maritime port of entry in Punta Gorda, were sealed off to leisure travel a year ago with the advent of the coronavirus. 


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