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Business progressing smoothly in the Corozal Free Zone says Minister Abelardo Mai

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Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021. 3:35 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Corozal Free Zone re-opened for business almost a week ago and according to Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai, business is progressing well in the Zone.

On Monday, February 1st, the first day the Zone reopened, Breaking Belize News (BBN) had reported that there was a long line of vehicles on the Mexican side as eager shoppers wanted to enter the Free Zone. But according to Minister Mai, the initial hurdles and kinks have been worked out and operations are now progressing smoothly.

While on a tour in Central Farm on Thursday, February 4th, Mai told reporters that over 800 employees are now back at work in the Free Zone and that all the necessary COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health and Wellness to ensure safety are in place. Minister Mai told BBN that the rapid test is being used and as such those tested, including the employees, get their results back quickly and this facilitates making timely and appropriate decisions with respect to preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the Zone.

In today’s House of Representatives meeting, Prime Minister John Briceno, also reported that a part of his government’s COVID-19 response plan was to get people back to work. Briceno noted that the 800 people now employed in the Corozal Free Zone, means that this is 800 families that may no longer need to depend on government for COVID-19 relief funds.

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