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Government considering re-opening areas on lockdown

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020. 4:06 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Prime Minister Dean Barrow said the Government is carefully considering re-opening any or all of the villages in Orange Walk District – Shipyard, Guinea Grass and Santa Martha and Ambergris Caye.

It comes after residents of Guinea Grass protested earlier this week, stating that they have no access to key services including banking and finance services. The village does not have a pharmacy.

The P.M. said that with the advice of the Ministry of Health, they would look at each village’s case and contact tracing patterns by next Monday and Tuesday, when the National Oversight Committee and Cabinet meet.

CEO in the Ministry of Human Development Judith Alpuche, who was attending the briefing in person, announced that 700 food packages were distributed in Guinea Grass with 400 more to be sent in on Saturday; 150 for Shipyard, and more than 1,500 for San Pedro, but a formal statement was to be announced later.

Alpuche responded to questions of specific concerns like baby pampers by saying that the packages fit families of five, preferring to focus on staples like food, and promised to look at individual needs in the next go-round.

The State of Emergency in these areas expires next week.

 

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