Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020. 4:06 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced today that the Phillip Goldson International Airport will not be reopening on August 15, as Belize is facing an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Barrow noted that while the fear was for tourists to bring COVID-19 cases, Belizeans at home had behaved in such a way that increased risk factors. Barrow said that from the end of the state of emergency, Belizeans began disregarding health authority guidelines, including neglecting social distancing and not wearing masks, further increasing risk.
“We…the citizens of this country…will have to do better,” Barrow said. “Are we going to wait until people start dropping like flies before we start to exhibit the kind of discipline that this extreme situation requires?”
Barrow also said that he has heard stories of public servants that have been facilitating contraband runners and that measures are being put in place to stop them. He condemned such behavior and said that it has contributed to the larger problem of the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Barrow also noted that Belizeans stuck abroad will continue to be brought home on weekly repatriation flights as per the established protocol and will need to be mandatorily quarantined upon arrival for public safety.
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