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Jan 19, 2022

Border Reopening Still Set for February First, Unless…

John Briceño

The omicron variant has broken the infection rate records around the world and Belize has been no different since this mutation of the COVID-19 virus was detected in Belize.  But this strain of the virus is not as deadly as the delta variant.  So up to this point, the government’s plan is still to reopen the land borders, unless omicron wreaks more havoc.

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“I know it is something of great concern to everyone and we continue to monitor it on a regular basis, also in Cabinet. We believe though that we’ll be able to open the borders sooner than later. We have closed our borders since the end of March of 2020. We’re almost coming to March of 2022 – for two years – and it is creating some problems for people to travel, for doing business, for trade. So, we need to find a way how we can open the borders safely, and that is what we’re working at. In December we said that we were going to open both the borders and schools at the same time. But once we saw the Omicron hit Belize and the numbers increasing, felt that it’s important for us to first take on education because that was the priority and now that that has started – they say knock on wood – so far, we’ve been going fairly safe. Now it’s now to look at the borders as to how and when we can open it. We still plan to open it on the first of February, but if there’s enough evidence and reasons as to why we shouldn’t open it, then we do so.   I know that a lot of businesses benefit greatly because the borders have been closed, but the reality is that we can’t stay closed forever and we need to open the borders.”


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