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Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2020. 1:25 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The first Belizeans taking advantage of the come-home plan are seven Mennonite community members from Shipyard, Orange Walk District.

The group had travelled to Peru to survey a land purchase but curtailed their trip when borders started to close.

They made it all the way to Mexico but ran into a closed border.

Now, CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lou-Anne Burns Martinez has confirmed that they were among the first over the border last week.

She stated, “A few of the hotels up north were early test cases for quarantine. So then, that was where we had quarantine done first in Belize in terms of those hotels. Because of the experience they had, that group has been allowed to return and is in quarantine now and that is serving us as a re-entry process but also there have been a few other people with chronic conditions who have been allowed as well.”

A cruise ship, the Rhapsody of the Seas, is also on its way with 15 Belizeans and is expected to land on Saturday and once they have applied officially for re-entry, said CEO Martinez, they will be considered as part of the coordinated re-entry to Belize. The group includes DJ/entertainer Linda Blease.

 

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