The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) is set to reopen on August 15. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has stated that they are not expecting a large influx of tourists at first, and today, the Prime Minister reiterated this sentiment. He stated, however, that any activity within the tourism sector will be beneficial to the stakeholders.
Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “What we’re doing basically is to plant our flag pole in the sand and indicate that we are open again for business fully recognizing that to repeat visitor flows I don’t even know if it’s fair to use the word flows, visit to returns will be very much a trickle and I think the industry is conscious of that but the industry is also breathing a sigh of relief that at least we’re sending, in this business right now signals some effort to instill confidence those things are very important and so to the extent that the optics of our reopening will earn us some positives in terms of our source markets for tourism that is extremely welcomed I believe by the industry but I repeat that at the same time they’re realistic to know that this is going to be a tough row to hoe.”
Five days before the airport reopens, school are set to reopen as well. Parents all over the country have expressed their concerns since they are unsure that the students will be able to follow the necessary precautions such as washing their hands and social distancing. Today, the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, gave his opinion on the matter, saying that if not now, then when? According to him, it is necessary for schools to reopen at this time, and he will also be sending his own daughter to school when the time comes.
The Ministry of Education has also stated that homeschooling is an option for parents who do not want to send their children back to school as yet.