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Belize Business Bureau Says Open Airport after Sept. Celebrations #543462
07/12/20 04:32 AM
07/12/20 04:32 AM
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The Belize Business Bureau has written Prime Minister Dean Barrow to request that he consider opening the airport after the September celebrations are over.

The letter states that "Belize cannot afford another lockdown nor another state of emergency (SOE). It would take our country into an economic tail spin."

The Bureau attributes the new cases of border jumpers a direct result of the opening of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Maya Rivera to mass tourist visitors and it's spilling over from Chetumal to Belize.

See the complete letter below.

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Re: Belize Business Bureau Says Open Airport after Sept. Celebrations [Re: Marty] #543472
07/12/20 07:42 AM
07/12/20 07:42 AM
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Now that is probably the most illogical reasoning I have heard for not opening the airport. Illogical might not be the most accurate adjective to describe it. Others would start with the letters S and D.
Not opening until after Independence Day celebrations because there will be drinking of alcohol. Ok, what about the other 10 National Hollidays. And from my observations from time spent in Belize, drinking of alcohol is not limited to Hollidays. You don't have to take my word on that. You could check with Peter Lawrence who some consider to be an authority on that.
Now encouraging those to come who are in the "$500,000 bracket" - whatever that means. I guess they would not only have to have tested negative before being allowed in the country but also show tax returns, financial statement or valid lottery ticket.
Of course giving those an incentive to come and stay longer than 30 days and spend their money and then increasing the immigration fee to $200 seems to be more of a disincentive.
Next, lets invite people from the UK and Spain, not sure why only those countries, to come and bring their elderly to be put in assisted living. Brilliant, bring those most succeptable to dying from the virus to take advantage of Belize world renown health care.
I guess the "lodgic" of the Belize Business Bureau escapes me. Keeping the country closed seems contradictory to Business.


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