On Monday morning Guatemalan truck drivers were blocked from entering Belize at the Melchor de Mencos Bridge halting the trade cycle for a few hours. Since then Love News found out that this was because of the COVID-19 regulations set in place by the Government of Belize. In speaking with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington he explained that due to these regulations truckers are asked to stop at the border for Belizean truck drivers to carry the cargo within the country. He noted that there was some sort of miscommunication with the truck drivers on these new adjustments.
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “As you know the border has been closed and the reason for that is that we cannot risk having foreigners come into the country because this virus was in fact introduced into the country by foreigners and so all countries all over the world have in fact closed their borders to try to limit that. But you need food and you need to have trade go on so the ideal situation is for the people who are bringing in goods to the country to drive their trucks to our border and when they get to our border local people in local vehicles should then take those commodities over and bring them into this country; in that way you can be sure that the country is going to remain safe because no stranger is coming in. So I think there is a little difficulty getting that worked out at the western border because it has not been the practice but because of the COVID situation it has to be that people are not allowed to come in but it also brings its benefit in my view because if we can establish it as a policy that all these people who bring in goods into Belize have to have local people take the goods from the border and bring it into the interior of the country then it implies employment for our people which we desperately need, which they need, so that’s a positive in my view.”