SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Wed. Sept. 2, 2020– At midnight on Tuesday, September 1, the regulations which placed San Pedro under a strict lockdown were lifted. The island will now fall under the regulations that are currently in place for the rest of the entire country.
Statutory Instrument No.125 of 2020 was enacted just days before the scheduled expiration of the lockdown in San Pedro, which was to occur on September 4.
During the lockdown period, some islanders staged a protest in front of the San Pedro Town Council. The protest, led by Oscar Iboy, was carried out to demand a plan of action from local and central government for how the island would move forward, in light of the severe economic impact of the pandemic.
Iboy said,” Wearing face masks and staying at home will not feed our family members, and even worse, pay the utility bills that are pouring in.”
An advocacy group named “Change for San Pedro” was also formed during the lockdown. They, too, are seeking answers and details of the plan that would be deployed to allow for an economic bounce-back on the island.
The movement has received considerable support on social media and in general, but residents are calling for more work on the ground. In an interview with media on the island, Melody Sanchez Wolfe, co- organizer of the group, said, “San Pedro cannot continue to be cast aside, and we must do whatever it takes to be treated fairly.”