San Pedro Town is the first municipality in Belize that has felt the blow of COVID-19. The island is under quarantine and a state of emergency with no one being allowed to leave or enter the island without official clearance. It took a while for the residents to adjust to the changes on the island but as days go by, the islanders are coming together to see how they can help. The San Pedro Tour Operators Association along with other San Pedro residents are taking extra measures in getting the island sanitized, one area at a time. Today, a truck went around the town spraying the outside of grocery stores, meat shops, warehouses and other locations where people are likely to gather. The truck was spraying a solution of water and Clorox in an effort to sanitize these locations. According to a member of the San Pedro Tour Operators Association, Elito Arceo, this solution follows the guidelines and standards outlined by the Ministry of Health.
Elito Areceo, San Pedro Tour Operators Association Member: We came up with two initiatives and one is that we’re donating several plates of food a week or every other day to the local authorities that are helping us on this island. I think tomorrow is the first group and it will be to the San Pedro Police Department. We decided that we could actually help the authorities to keep maintaining the island clean and just give a helping hand We got a big truck, a rotoplast, generators, power washers, we got some donations of some Clorox and stuff and we actually donated most of it as well so we started to do a sanitize here on the island where people are standing waiting for services or waiting to buy their goods so that they can go about their daily lives. So we did some of the stores, beach shops basically just everywhere we could pass so that’s how we do it. It’s something we want to do at least three times a week so we today we did Monday, Wednesday we do another on and Friday we do another one, we want to hit other areas of the town that it wasn’t possible for us to do today but basically we got I’d say about 85% of the town itself that we sanitized.”
Arceo noted that the initiative has received positive feedback from the community and is projected to be done three times a week until the state of emergency is lifted.