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Chetumal businesses anticipate 30,000 with reopening of Belize land border

Chetumal, Q.R. — Around 30,000 Belize nationals are expected to cross into Chetumal this month with the reopening of Belize’s land border. The government of Belize has announced the tentative reopening for February 7.

With this reopening, entrepreneurs in Chetumal are hoping to reestablish their businesses, which have been hard hit due to the continued closure of the border.

The Minister of Health and Welfare of Belize, Kevin Bernard, reported on the tentative reopening of their land border with the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which was set for January 1, until the arrival of the Omicron variant.

Head of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of the Chetumal delegation, Juan Jaime Mingüer Cerón, says Belize nationals cross into Chetumal to purchase mostly home and pantry supplies. He says a lot of people shop at supermarkets, grocery stores and wholesalers.

Earlier this week, hundreds from the Mexican side lined up at the Belize border to receive free covid-19 vaccinations.