While Belize may see a further reopening of businesses to its citizenry, the Government will soon start looking at the reopening of its borders for reinjection of tourism for Belize. Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained that the availability of rapid testing would make it easy for Belize to reopen its borders as it would minimize the risk of imported cases of COVID-19.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “A rapid test would permit us to let in all tourists that test negative upon arrival. The fact that one or two could nevertheless thereafter still contract the virus is, in my view, an acceptable risk. So it is that reliable rapid test that would be the best trigger for the much longed for tourism reopening. Even before the return of the tourists, we must prepare for the return of those Belizeans that have been stranded abroad. Thus, we have already activated plans for their repatriation. They will, of course, have to go into quarantine. We wish to begin the process of letting our nationals back in as early as possible. It would clearly be before the mass marketing of satisfactory rapid tests. And that is why we will therefore have to carefully manage the flow of our returnees since we can’t handle the quarantining of excessively large numbers if everybody sought to come back at the same time. But I expect the details of the logistics, being worked on even now, to be publicized immediately after next week’s meetings.”