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Inside story on ferry turned away from San Pedro

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020. 5:39 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed he ordered the vessel full of foreigners to initially be sent back to Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday night.

Three European passengers had initially tried to come to Belize on the ADO bus earlier on, but were refused due to showing flu-like symptoms.

They then joined a group traveling on the San Pedro-Chetumal ferry but on their arrival they were refused entry.

The Prime Minister said he had agreed to have the vessel held in the bay and food and fuel sent as the Chetumal Port had been closed for the night, but the Coast Guard had already begun the return journey.

Eventually the Port reopened and took in the boat later that night.

The Prime Minister was not able to confirm whether the ADO bus which had denied boarding to the visitors was the same bus later turned back from the northern border.


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