Mexico Closes Borders, What Does It Mean For Free Zone?
And while Belize is making progress with its vaccines and hopes that
will lead to a greater and safer opening up of the economy, Mexico is
going in the other direction.
That country will be closing its border with Belize, Guatemala and the USA tomorrow.
According to regional news, there will be restrictions imposed on land
transit for non-essential activities on Mexico's northern and southern
Their Foreign Minister explained on Twitter that this is to prevent the
spread of COVID 19.
So, what does this mean for the recently reopened Corozal Free Zone?
Travel to that location is surely not going to be considered as
Our colleague at CTV3 asked Minister of Enterprise, Jose Mai about it
this evening. He said while he doesn't have all the details, he doesn't
understand why the border with Belize is being closed, since our active
cases are extremely low.
Hon. Jose Mai - Minister of Agriculture
"I am still wondering why would the central government of Mexico make such
a decision because Belize's cases of COVID are actually close to nil, they
are very low, so I don't know why they would make that decision. I'm hoping
they are not reacting to us opening the Free zone. I don't know if that is
the case with Guatemala because I can't report for them but we in Belize
our cases have gone down dramatically and so I don't know why that decision
will be made. If they do close their border, remember it is saying traffic,
it's not prohibiting it is restricting, so we have to look at the terms
that they are using and I think it's vehicular traffic. So we have to look
at what exactly, I haven't officially seen the document but I need to see
what it says then we decide what we do after that but not much we can do if
they close the borders, we can't do much. As far as I understood it to be,
their borders are close to vehicular traffic, it did not say that you
cannot come across the bridge walking but again I need to read the document
and read it carefully but that's what I understood it to be."
In addition to border restrictions for non-essential travel, the
Mexican government will deploy sanitary control measures in the north
and south of the country.