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Government and bus owners find compromise, runs allowed at 75 percent capacity

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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 6:46 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Bus owners and the Government of Belize (GOB) have struck an agreement on how to keep bus runs going while attempting to decrease the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation.

This week the compromise was announced that buses will be allowed to run at 75 percent capacity, to allow for greater social distancing while in transit. The compromise was settled on Tuesday.

On Friday, December 18, GOB had announced new measures to address the increasing number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, which included that busses would need to run at only 50 percent capacity.

Bus owners complained at that time that making runs under those conditions would not be economically viable which put the entire public transportation system in peril.

In an interview with Channel 7 News, Belize Bus Owners Association President, Thomas Shaw, said that the owners are willing to run at reduced capacity in light of the pandemic, but that 75 percent was the lowest they could go, given the current economic climate.

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