The busito operators in Belmopan are being greatly affected by the preventative measures put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with them and highlighted the struggles they are facing.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Love News was called out to the market square area of Belmopan this morning where some bus drivers are not adapting to some of the changes made by the authorities in regard to COVID-19. For instance overcrowded buses and social distancing is very poor. Selvin Ramiro the president of the Busitos Association of Belmopan spoke to Love News about how these changes continue to affect them as bus drivers.
Selvin Ramiro, President, Busitos Association, Belmopan: “I would like to inform how this COVID-19 indeed has been affecting all our members. I would like to note it’s a total of thirty six persons that are being affected, owners and drivers because we also have employees. Some of our members have personally decided to back down and park their vehicles which I know they are having a big loss because this is what we live and depend on and I know there’s been complaints about overcrowding, I’ve been out here witnessing all the vans coming and coming out. We are here to serve the people and the biggest van we have a 15 passenger, we understand the situation but we must remember that this is our life, our bread and butter and if we are just to carry six persons the price of the fuel is so high that it will not be sufficient for us. Indeed it’s a big loss for us because we have to pay our drivers, all of us have bank loans that we have to deal with and as well we personally have to have enough money for ourselves, for our families, so that we can survive these couple coming days that I know we’re just expecting or waiting for another situation to pop up and the lock down of our country. So if the government would help us financially if we are to park it would be very highly appreciated we could cope with then in just transporting five or six persons but in the other hand it’s going to be very difficult for us.”