As we reported yesterday, our neighbours in Mexico and Guatemala are battling with the rise in COVID-19 cases. The concerns on the ground here in Belize is the illegal crossings into and out of Belize particularly at the areas of Jalacte, La Union, and Botes. To combat the illegal crossings that are reportedly occurring, the Ministry of Transport and the Immigration Department have launched a joint operation to dispel all illegal entry into these villages.
Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO: “We learned of the situation in Quintana Roo in Mexico lower, Chetumal and so on and we still from what they’re feeding in to us is that we still have some of our people weh haad head man they’re still going across the border whatever they are doing legal or illegal but they have no damn business going over there that area is hot so for them to be going over the border to contraband or do whatever they want to do or they are involved in we are asking them to cease and desist because if they go there and get infected the first group of people they will kill is their own family with the virus so they need to learn not to go over there and so with that said the buses that are travelling to those areas like Botes and La Union and some of the other areas and Halacte and so on those communities that are involved in cross border transactions we’re assisting the immigration department by putting the transport people out there to make sure that the only reason you have to go to the village that is by Botes the river bank whether it’s any one of those areas is because you live there, no other additional person will be allowed to go in. If you’re from Belize City you have no business – you must show real reason why you must go to that bordering community it’s not really bordering community but they walk cross and go across in dorey or pit pan or whatever they call it. If you have no reason to be there then they will be turned back so we’re asking the general public that if you’re not from those villages don’t go because as of now we will turn you back because you have no genuine purpose of going to that area that will connect you to Botes or La Union or Halacte if you’re not from those areas and those villages there don’t even bother to try going because we will turn you back.”
For now, Belize’s borders shared with both Guatemala and Mexico remain closed to avoid imported cases. As a matter of fact, all ports of entry for Belize remain closed to date..