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Belize: Some bus owners suspend runs

In the wake of social distancing guidelines set by government, which include a rule that prohibited more than 25 persons from congregating in an area at any one time (the maximum number of persons has been reduced further to 10) in an effort to combat the spread of COVID 19, some bus owners yesterday announced that they have suspended their runs to and from Belize City.

The bus owners said that they were helping in combating the spread of the virus.

During a press conference held today, Wednesday, the Prime Minister told the media that the bus owners were not able to generate any profits while limiting the number of passengers per trip to 25, and that the Transport Department was meeting with the bus owners in an effort to reach a compromise.

The suspension of the runs was done suddenly by the bus lines, and it took passengers by surprise. A meeting was held yesterday with the president of the Belize Bus Association and officials to iron out the problem.

The president of the association, Thomas Shaw, said that bus owners suspended the runs without consulting the Department of Transport. He has contacted the bus owners and they are to provide him with a schedule which will be workable.

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