Ever since the Government of Belize announced that the borders would be closed to both locals and foreigners, students studying abroad have been forced to remain where they are despite exploring various avenues to come home. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington spoke with the media and explained that these students will have to stay put until the borders are reopened. He added that it is not only students that want to return home but also business representatives as well.
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “The oversight committee who is responsible for the health and well being of the citizens of the country at this time will determine when the airports will be opened and when anybody can come in. Remember the first two cases that we got of this COVID thing came from abroad, it’s people who came from abroad caused us to be infected and put us in all this problem and all evidence we have is that the countries abroad are doing much worse than us I mean the United States, Mexico, Guatemala even the Caribbean some of them so we have got to make sure that the citizens here remain safe and if that requires that some of us, the citizens who live abroad can’t come in for the time being so be it we can’t do anything about that. We can’t run the risk of having an outbreak of this virus in our country because our facilities are just not in a position to deal with this very serious thing, even the United States has so much problems dealing with it so many people are affected 1.4 million in the United States who would have thought and so many people dying so Belize can’t risk it. It’s not only students who want to come in I can tell you that. You have business people who have serious business interest who want to come into Belize and continue their business but everybody is being halted and that is not only in relation to Belize but other countries as well they’re not allowing anybody in so as to try to contain the spread of this terrible disease.”
Minister Elrington noted that due to Belize not having any active cases of COVID-19 he hopes that within a month people will be able to return home.