(CMC) – The Belize government has postponed the January 1 re-opening of land borders and sea ports.
A recent government statement said that based on the formal recommendations of the COVID-19 Advisory Committee, it has agreed that the opening of the land borders and sea ports should be postponed to February 2022.
“The delay in opening will allow for the health system to better prepare for the emergence of the Omicron variant as well as to prepare for the education system’s return to hybrid learning on 10th January 2022.,” the statement read.
It said that the Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to monitor the situation very closely to ensure the integrity of Belize’s health system and the welfare of Belizeans.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister John Briceño said his administration could not afford to lock down the country as it did before amid concerns as to what measures were being put in place to shield the population from another coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak.
“Obviously we have to be very cautious and careful about the Omicron virus. But, the point is that it is going to come here. We can’t run away from it. We can’t afford to lock down the entire country like we did before,” he said.
“We can’t afford it. It is going to set us back even more. So, we just have to open up and be as cautious as we can. The most important thing is to get vaccinated. That is the only way we can help you. And those who have already gotten vaccinated get your booster shot,” Briceño continued.
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