The popular Belmopan market is seeing some changes in an effort to comply with measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz filed this report.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: In regards to the precautionary measures put in place by the Belmopan City Council to keep its people safe from the COVID-19 pandemic a number of market vendors are not pleased with some of the changes. Love News spoke to Mayor Khalid Belisle who explained those changes.
Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan: “Yes brother Fem of course in the face of this threat that we face as a nation and as communities throughout Belize Belmopan is doing our very best to put in place precautionary measures to guard against any widespread outbreak of this virus. Because of that we’ve decided to halt the Tuesday/Friday market day at the location that it’s traditionally been at near the Belmopan Civic Center parking lot over the past few years and move it in conjunction and collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture out to the National Agriculture and Trade Show grounds. This will give us the opportunity to create a lot more distance and spacing between stalls so as to promote that good practice of social distancing that is being encouraged countrywide at this point in time. It will allow us to manage the flow of traffic both vehicular as well as pedestrian at the location and it will allow us to have better sanitary protocols in place as well. It’s an inconvenience not only to the vendors but to the customers who would typically support them in Belmopan on Tuesdays and Fridays but it is a shared inconvenience that we are just going to have to bear with or the time being considering the very serious and severe threat that we are under as a community and so we’re just asking your patience and understanding, likewise from the public as we try to navigate this new reality we face as a community.”