69 more mainland residents evacuated from the island
Early on Thursday, April 9th, 69 mainland residents were evacuated from Ambergris Caye, after being screened and cleared to return to their communities of origin. The return of people to the mainland was coordinated between members of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Human Development and the National Emergency Management Organization. These persons have been stranded on the island since March 23rd, when they lost their jobs because of the abrupt halt in the tourism industry, triggered by the pandemic COVID-19.
As early as 5:30AM, people began arriving to the municipal dock by the Central Park to get in the chartered vessel. As people waited in front of the dock, Dr. Canul began calling names from a list. Once a person’s name was corroborated via an identification document, he or she was handed out a letter declaring that they had been properly screened and allowed to travel. According to organizers, from the 101 persons approved to leave, only 69 showed up. Each one of these individuals had been interviewed and medical checks were conducted and therefore cleared to return to their mainland homes. The boat left en route to Belize City; among the passengers were police officers and MOH staff. A list of their names has been sent to the police in their respective areas of origin to make sure they quarantine themselves for 14 days. Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun