COVID-19 Government of Belize Info

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BTB Announces Phased Re-opening Plan for Tourism

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The Belize Tourism Board, on June 26, 2020, announced a phased re-opening plan for tourism. This 4-page summary describes it. You can also find a much more detailed plan at the BTB Website. For the summary, see Source on Facebook.

PM Announces Reopening Date for PGIA

On June 25, 2020, during a virtual press conference, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced a reopening date of August 15th, 2020 for the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). The reopening of the PGIA marks the third stage in Belize’s five-phase reopening strategy for tourism. In May, the Prime Minister lessened restrictions under the state of emergency, which saw the reopening of hotels for domestic tourism. Additionally, Belizean crew members were repatriated from cruise ships. See Source on Facebook.

Belizean to be Charged for Immigration Offense

On Friday, June 12, 2020, a team of police officers intercepted a vehicle with four persons, three of whom were Guatemalan nationals and the other a Belizean, at a routine checkpoint on the George Price Highway near Unitedville Village. The men were taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital to be swabbed for COVID-19 per the Ministry of Health’s protocol. The Guatemalans were taken to the Western Border where Immigration issued them an Order to Leave and ensured they went across the border. The results were made available late in the evening of June 16th and yielded a positive case for one of the Guatemalan nationals. The Guatemalan authorities were notified of the one positive result. The Belizean who was found in their company remains in mandatory quarantine. Upon completion of quarantine, he will be charged by Immigration for harboring illegal immigrants. See Source on Facebook.

Government of Belize Announces Further Ease of Lockdown Restrictions

Restrictions will relax further effective Friday, June 12. Social gatherings may be upt to 100. Private parties and meetings may be held with social distancing. Curfew hours shortened to 10pm-5am Sundays to Thursdays and midnight to 5am Fridays and Saturdays. Recreational contact sports, gyms, and spas will be allowed. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Education Update: FAQ# 5

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Plans for the reopening of school, as of June 8, 2020. See Source on Facebook.

Embassy of Taiwan Donates Masks to the Ministry of National Security

The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The masks will be distributed among the Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Police Department. See Source on Facebook.

Updated COVID-19 Response Measures

Transcript of the press conference with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on May 29, 2020. He previewed an amended S.I. to take place just after midnight on June 1st. It will include minor changes, ALL including social distancing and other restrictions. So the S.I. will allow social gatherings to 40 instead of 10, tacos and other street vendors, restaurants in addition to open air, Boleto, casinos (without smoking or alcohol), gyms, some sports including fishing, exercising other than 5am to 8am, and curfew hours reduced a little on Fridays and Saturdays. See Source.

Assisted Voluntary Return Program

Are you a Belizean stranded in a neighboring country? IOM, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Belize can help you to go back home. See Source on Facebook.

Repatriation for Displaced Belizeans Abroad

This notice gives the process for applying for permission to return to Belize, including the application and screening forms, the approval process, booking your travel, and sending confirmation to the Govt of Belize. Do NOT attempt to travel to Belize without approval. See Source on Facebook.

Statement by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow

I want to give you an update on the state of play regarding our COVID-19 struggles. … Now, as you know, there is still no new confirmed COVID-19 case and Monday will be the 28th day, we will reach that 28th day marker, providing this position of no new positive holds through this weekend. If it does so, and we do reach that 28-day milestone, we can promise you a further relaxation of some of the remaining restrictions. See Source.

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

As of May 6th, the Economic Oversight Team (EOT) has approved a total of 40,453 applications for unemployment relief, all of which have been sent to the Social Security Board (SSB) for payment. SSB has processed 37,696 payments to approved applicants. Of this, 34,915 approved applicants have been successfully paid by direct deposit or top-up card. In addition, 15,438 of those persons, who received their first payment before April 18, 2020, have now received their second payment. SSB continues to process payments and all remaining approved applications are expected to be processed by the end of today. See Source on Facebook.

Amendments to Emergency Powers, SI-67

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Statutory Instrument 67 prohibits day-care centres, child-care centres, nurseries and similar establishments or businesses. It also deletes a confusing prohibition on persons staying at a hotel swimming in their pool. Click on a small image, or see the Source.

Amendment to Emergency Powers, SI-66

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Statutory Instrument 66 amends SI-65 so that businesses not prohibited are allowed. Click on a small image, or see the Source.

Fisheries Department Office Operations and Services during COVID-19

May 5, 2020. In conformity with the national state of emergency and guided by Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020 and Circular Memorandum No. 13 of 2020, the Fisheries Department will be implementing measures effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020. See Source on Facebook.

Unemployment Relief Top-up Cards

May 5, 2020. Recipients of the Government of Belize COVID-19 unemployment relief, who are receiving payments by way of top-up cards, are advised to carefully protect their top-up cards and Personal Identification Numbers (PIN). See Source on Facebook.

Update on Daycare Closures

At 6:30pm on May 4, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation advised the public that under the current regulations, daycares are permitted to operate; however, an amendment will be made to the current statutory instrument to include daycares in the list of businesses prohibited from operating under the current state of emergency. Therefore, daycares will remain closed until further notice. For details, see Source on Facebook.

CCC Folks, Feeling Stressed?

The Corozal Community College Couneslling Department is here to help students, guardians and staff with psychosocial support needed during this time. See Source on Facebook.

Ministry of Natural Resources Re-Opening Protocols

The Ministry of Natural Resources informs the public that all offices countrywide are open between the hours of 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. To maintain the health and safety of customers and employees and to comply with the Government of Belize’s regulations, effective immediately, all persons conducting business at any office countrywide are required to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose, practice good hand hygiene, and adhere to social distancing protocols. See Source on Facebook.

Learning Packages Distribution Sites in the Corozal District

From the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, 4 May 2020, a list of distribution sites for learning packages. There appear to be at least one location for almost every school. See Source on Facebook.

Belizeans in Europe requiring extensions of stay

Information for Belizean nationals requiring extensions of visas in Europe. See Source on Facebook.

Update on Daycare Closures

On May 4th, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation advises the public that daycares will remain closed until further notice. While daycares are not permitted to operate, babysitters are allowed to work by going to a person’s home or caring for a child in their home. See Source on Facebook.

Re-Opening of Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices

The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public that all Registration Offices countrywide will be open to the public effective Monday, May 4, 2020, during the hours of 9am to 4pm. In an effort to ensure we continue to provide efficient services while protecting staff and the public, the cooperation of all is required. In the wake of COVID-19, services will be provided by adhering to the strict safety guidelines as mandated by the Government of Belize. Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced in the provision of services. See Source on Facebook.

Bus Schedule Effective May 4, 2020

Click on the small image for a larger view of the schedule between Corozal and Belize City. Click on the Source on Facebook for a link to an Excel spreadsheet with other bus schedules in Belize.

Update to Statutory Instrument No. 65 – Additional Businesses Allowed to Operate

Belmopan. April 30, 2020. Subsequent to the appearance of the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte on the Government Press Office’s “Ask the Experts” webcast today, April 30th, consideration was given to certain businesses to operate under Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020. Click on small image or see Source on Facebook.

Statutory Instrument 65 of 2020 (Emergency Powers)

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Effective May 1st, Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020, will come into force. To view the document, click on the small images or see Source on Facebook.

Update on the Food Assistance Programme

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation hereby updates the public on the COVID-19 Food Assistance Programme. Approved households who have already received their first food basket will receive notifications by text or WhatsApp informing them of their continued eligibility and the information needed to collect their baskets. There is no need to reapply; however, bear in mind that approval for continuous assistance is not automatic. Only households that receive the notification should go back for their second baskets. See Source on Facebook.

British Nationals Flight Update

On Wednesday 6 May Westjet Airlines will operate a special flight WS3929 from Philip Goldson International Airport (Belize City) to Toronto-Pearson International Airport (Canada). Please note flights are on a first come first served basis and may be subject to change. See Source on Facebook.

Belize Virtual Music Festival

The Belize Music Agency, the Office of the Music Ambassador, and Digi are partnering with other organizations to host the first Belize Virtual Music Festival. See Source on Facebook.

Temporary procedures for submission of teacher licensing applications

Please note that these adjusted guidelines are only applicable during this time of COVID-19, or as otherwise directed. They are in no way intended to substantively replace the normal policies on submission and processing of applications. See Source on Facebook.

Belizeans Staying in the US Due to COVID-19

Belizean nationals whose stay in the United States had to be extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the following site to access the necessary forms. See Source on Facebook.

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020 which came into effect on April 26, 2020

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For the original PDF of SI-62, see this link. For the original of this Summary, see this link. Or see Source on Facebook.

Public Transportation Protocol for COVID-19

On April 26, 2020, the Department of Transport (DOT) gave a list of guidelines for public transportation. That includes avoiding rush hours if possible, washing or sanitizing hands before boarding the bus, wearing a face mask, etc. These rules also apply to water taxis. See Source on Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions II/Labour/COVID-19

The Ministry of Labour answers 15 frequently asked questions about labour and employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Source.

CARICOM approaching a combined total of 1000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Caribbean Community Member States approaching a combined total of 1000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Recoveries are almost 250, while COVID-19 related deaths have been kept to just above 50. See Source on Facebook.

False Calls to Applicants of the Food Assistance Program

As of April 24, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation has been reliably informed of instances where members of the public are being falsely called by persons claiming to represent the Ministry and informed that they have been approved for food assistance before directing them to a nearby store. See Source on Facebook.

British Army Training Support Unit Continues to Assist the Ministry of National Security during COVID-19 Pandemic

This support includes the provision of BATSUB’s barracks accommodation, laundry services, and exclusive access to their recreational area. Security forces personnel are also able to purchase groceries from the San Cas Store at Price Barracks. Additionally, a donation of 1,000 packs of 24-hour rations was handed over for distribution to the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. For details, see Source on Facebook.

PM: Update to the Nation On the State of Emergency in force

Transcript of the April 23, 2020, update by Prime Minister Rt Hon Dean Barrow. The most severe restrictions from SI-55 will expire at the end of Saturday, April 25. The other restrictions that were to be in effect until April 30th will continue for two more months, after the National Assembly takes action on April 20th and 21st. A new SI will follow. For the complete transcript, see the Source on Facebook.

Status Tool for COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Online Portal Under Repair

On April 22nd the Economic Oversight Team apologized for the errors in the online portal where applicants check their status for financial relief. Those who received a message that their application did not meet eligibility requirements may have been in error, and their applications are being reviewed. See Source on Facebook.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) & The Belizean Context

The severity with which COVID-19 affects any country depends on the socio-economic and health conditions of that country. The impact that this pandemic will have on Belize will be determined by these factors. See Source on Facebook.

Items included in the Food Assistance Program

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation shows the items that should be included in each food basket (two-week supply of food) under the program. For details see Source on Facebook.

Need Food Assistance? Our numbers have changed

On April 22nd, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation posted these phone numbers for anyone needing food assistance. Those already on BOOST, Food Pantry, or the Unemployment Relief Program ($150 from SSB) are NOT eligible to apply. See Source on Facebook.

Public Advisory from the Ministry of the Environment regarding Burning

With the high and unprecedented number of fires and persistent burning, the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development has enacted a set of new regulations cited as Environmental Protection (Prohibition of the Open-Burning of Refuse and Other Matter) Regulations via Statutory Instrument No. 59 of 2020 which comes into effect today, April 21, 2020. During the state of emergency, anyone engaging in open burning on any private or public land is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding two years. For details see Source on Facebook.

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

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As of noon today, April 20, 2020, a total of 72,213 applications have been submitted since the Unemployment Relief Program was opened to accept applications on April 3, 2020. For details, click on a small image or see Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Implications on Education and the Way Forward

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On 20 April, 2020, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture answered questions, including when schools may reopen, distance and home-based learning, and responsibilities for teachers, students, and parents. Click on a small image or see Source on Facebook.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow Updates the Nation on COVID-19 Response

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This is a transcript of the Prime Minister’s Address on April 16, 2020. Click on the small images for a view of the transcript or you can view the video by clicking on the Source on Facebook.

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

April 16, 2020, 1:30pm. As of noon today Thursday, April 16th, a total of 65,762 applications have been submitted online since the program was opened to accept applications on April 3, 2020.
Of these applications, 23,264, have been approved and sent to Social Security Board (SSB) during the period of April 9th to 15th for payment into applicants’ accounts. By the end of today, April 16th, all these approved payments will have been sent to the banks and credit unions for deposit. See Source on Facebook.

7,247 Unemployment Relief Payments Approved for Disbursement

As of 2pm April 14th, 62,706 applications have been received via the COVID-19 eServices Portal, in addition to a lesser amount received in hard copy, for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. See Source on Facebook.

Government of Belize to Procure COVID-19 Test Kits from Cayman Islands

On April 14, 2020, 2:20pm the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) announces that, following a phone call between Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin of the Cayman Islands on Saturday, April 11, Belize can obtain from Cayman as many COVID-19 test kits as needed. See Source on Facebook.

Emergency Repatriation Exercise

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April 10, 2020. 3:07pm. The Government of Belize in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy is organizing a repatriation exercise for persons who may have become displaced in Belize due to COVID-19. Special arrangements have been made for a flight to Houston on United Airlines at 12:00pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020. For details see Source on Facebook.

Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2020, Emergency Powers Amendment

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Principal regulation amendments to emergency powers to cope with COVID-19 (countrywide). Click on any small image for a larger view or on the title for a link to the Source on Facebook.

Prime Minister’s Address – April 10, 2020

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The Cayo quarantine will now apply countrywide. We will be strictly confined to procuring food and medicine, fuel, and finance. Allowed activities will be only during reduced hours. Click on the small images to read the press release, or see the Source on Facebook.

Belize Records Second Death of Person Infected with COVID-19

Belmopan. April 10, 2020. 11:45am. The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health regret to inform of the death of the patient confirmed earlier as the 10th case of COVID-19. For details, click on the small image or the title above to read the whole text. See Source on Facebook.

Taiwan contributes Bz$2 million to fight COVID-19 in Belize

Belize City. April 9, 2020. 5:30pm. The Republic of China (Taiwan) today, April 9th, added to its March 25th contribution an additional BZ$2 million to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Belize. This is for urgently needed additional personal protective equipment, medical equipment, testing kits, and laboratory supplies for frontline medical service providers countrywide. See Source on Facebook.

Summary of Effect of Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020 (amended)

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Belmopan, April 9th, 2020, 3:45pm, the GOB amended a summary of the Statutory Instrument 52, which pertains first to the Cayo District only, but also a review of the restrictions to other districts. This summary will be easier for many people to read. See Source on Facebook.

Update on the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 2:05 p.m. The Government of Belize launched the electronic services portal whereby applicants can apply to receive benefits of the UNemployment Relief Program by COVID-19. Starting at noon today, April 9, around 59 , 500 applications had been subjected online. Several physical applications have also been received that will be manually registered on the portal early next week as soon as appropriate protocols regarding time and sanitation can be implemented. For details, see Source on Facebook.

Movement at Sea and Waterways

On April 8, 2020, the Ministry of National Security clarified the movement of persons traveling at sea, rivers, lagoons and waterways within the country of Belize. There are details relating to fishing, port operations and services, waste disposal, and vessels chartered to transport essential service workers. See Source on Facebook.

Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020, Emergency Powers

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A list of emergency powers specifically applying to the Cayo District for the next 14 days. See Source on Facebook.

Government Entities Closed

As of 8 April 2020, the public is hereby reminded that many Government entities are closed to the public. Click on the small image or the link below for a list. See Source on Facebook.

Prime Minister Announces Lockdown of Cayo District and Additional Nationwide Measures

This evening during a live address, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced additional measures including a 14-day lockdown for the Cayo District. These measures will go into effect at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Additional measures are coming. See Source on Facebook.

Protocols Following First COVID-19 Death

The Government of Belize has been made aware of the social media post by the wife of the late Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh in which she recounts her experience while seeking care for her husband. The nation is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Pipersburgh, a beloved Belizean, both at home and abroad. The Government reiterates its deepest condolences to his wife, Ms. Maria Estella Recinos and their family as expressed last night by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. See Source on Facebook. See her Facebook Post.

Update on COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

On Friday, April 3, 2020, the Government of Belize launched the COVID-19 e-Services Portal through which persons may apply to receive benefits from the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. See Source on Facebook.

Government of Belize Extends Condolences to the Family of COVID-19 Patient

The Office of the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize extend their deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh who died in his battle against COVID-19. This is the first death associated with COVID-19. For details, see Source on Facebook.

Revised Bus Schedule Effective April 6, 2020

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Schedules for Corozal to Belize City, Benque Viejo to Belize City, and Punta Gorda to Belize City. See Source on Facebook.

All Borders Closed to the Entry of Belizean Nationals

Effective today, April 5th, all borders will also be closed to Belizean nationals seeking to enter the country. This decision was made by Government of Belize with unanimous support from the National Oversight Committee to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For details, see Source on Facebook.

National Days of Prayer and Fasting

The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow has approved three National Days of Prayer & Fasting, from Good Friday, April 10th to Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020. Throughout the nation, the Council of Churches will celebrate the three days with combined times for prayer, repentance, worship, and celebration. For details, see Source on Facebook.

Belize Constitution Emergency Powers Amendment

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This amends the Emergency Powers Regulations from April 1st 2020. It restricts movement across boundaries, clarifies some provisions of the Emergency Powers, and limits others. Click on any of the small images for a gallery, or view the Source on Facebook.

Suspension of All Lotteries including Games of Chance and Government Lotteries

The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as the Ministry responsible for Lotteries, informs the public that due to the state of emergency in place in response to COVID-19, all lotteries, including games of chance and Government Lotteries (Boledo, Jackpot and Ordinary), are suspended until further notice. See Source on Facebook.

Public Transportation Bus Schedule for the Country of Belize effective 2nd April, 2020

Bus schedules for Belize, including six trips per day from Corozal to Belize City, and six trips per day from Belize City to Corozal. See Source on Facebook.

Immigration Status

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration hereby notifies the public, and especially visitors holding temporary immigration status through visitors’ extensions and permits, that the issuance of extensions is suspended until further notice due to the current restrictions on movement as a result of COVID-19. Click on the small image or this link to the Source on Facebook.

The COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

Gives responsibilities for the Unemployment Relief Program, who can benefit from it, how long the relief payments will be made and how, when it starts, steps for filling an application, and more. See Source on Facebook.

Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations

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This document, signed by Sir Colville N. Young, Governor General, on the 1st day of April, 2020, gave the Government of Belize many powers to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on any of the small images to view each page in a gallery, or go to the Source on Facebook.

Amendment to Quarantine Order

The Government now finds it necessary to enforce additional quarantine measures and has amended the Quarantine Order to include that, effective immediately, any Belizean entering Belize from any country through any official port of entry or caught attempting to enter via any blind spot will be placed in a mandatory quarantine centre designated by the Quarantine Authority of Belize. Persons will be placed into quarantine at their own cost, which may be up to $110 per day for accommodation and three meals. See Source on Facebook.

OPM Warns to Disregard Unofficial Information

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) hereby informs the public that the notes being circulated via social media and other channels purportedly from the National Oversight Committee are not official. See Source on Facebook.

BURNING OF HOUSEHOLD AND YARD WASTE IS PROHIBITED

The DOE calls on all persons to discontinue this harmful practice of burning waste in and near communities, whether in towns, cities or villages, private or public properties, to maintain air quality for all residents, especially at this critical time. For full info, see Source on Facebook.

Government of Belize Enacts Quarantine Order for Entire Country

General quarantine, including limiting gatherings to 10 persons or less with at least 3 feet of distance between persons, social distancing, bus seating and sanitizing, closure of casinos, gambling establishments, spas, beauty salons, barber shops, gyms, sporting complexes, discotheques, bars, nite clubs, and restaurants and similar establishments (except take out). See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Measures Taken by the Department of Transport

Limited public transport services will allow seated passengers only, and seats and metal surfaces will be sanitized often. See Source on Facebook.

COVID-19 Measures taken by the Belize Postal Service

This post outlines postal services affected by COVID-19, including inland mail services, domestic mail service, foreign mail service, express mail service, and social distancing. See Source on Facebook.

Sailing for Cargo Vessels, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Cargo vessels are authorized to provide cargo service to the island. The prohibition has been lifted with conditions. For details, see Source on Facebook.

Temporary Suspension of Immigration Services

Suspended until further notice: Applications for: Belize passport (except if needed for emergency travel), Nationality, Permanent residence, Visas (except when needed to obtain extensions to maintain legal status in Belize). For details see Source on Facebook.

Compliance with Social Distancing Directives

Restaurants, lounges, clubs, bars, markets, supermarkets and all other public spaces are limited to a maximum of 25 persons at any given time. This advisory will be updated as the situation evolves. See Corozal Town Council.

State of Emergency Declared for Ambergris Caye

Residents of Ambergris Caye are being placed under mandatory quarantine. People will not be allowed to leave or return to the island over the next 72 hours. Leaving home is highly discouraged unless completely unavoidable. Unauthorized vessels will be banned from leaving or arriving to the island.
Additionally, with immediate effect, all bars, clubs, and casinos countrywide will be closed. Restaurants will be closed for dining-in effective Wednesday, March 25th at 11:59 p.m. Thereafter, only take-out services will be allowed. See Source on Facebook.

GOB Clarifies Municipal Curfew and Entry Ban Notice

The public is advised that only the Government of Belize can restrict the movement of Belizeans within Belize. Unless such restriction is enacted by the Government, municipal bodies should refrain from doing so. Any entity found guilty of doing such will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. Also note that it is not within the purview of any municipality to institute a mandatory curfew. This can only be done by the Government of Belize. See Government of Belize Press Office.

COVID-19 — Alert Regarding Border Closures

Generally, all borders are closed to travellers. Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize, foreigners with legal residency in Belize are allowed to enter but may be subject to a 14-day quarantine to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19. No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing cargo. See Government of Belize Press Office.

Social Distancing 101

Stay away from mass gatherings. Keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 meters — about one body length — away from other people. Avoid touching other people, and that includes handshakes. Social distancing slows down the spread of the coronavirus, which keeps our resources available to those in need. See Government of Belize Press Office.

New measures announced to protect against COVID-19

Northern border will close for traveling at 11:59pm Saturday 21 March. Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport will be closed after last scheduled flight on Monday 23 March. Social gatherings limited to 25 people. For more details, see the post GOB Press Office

Ministry of Natural Resources reopening and online

The Ministry of Natural Resources offices nationwide will reopen Monday, March 23rd. Also, the Land Registry Department, the National Hydrological Service, and Mining Unit will be available online, and soon, the National Estate Section. The public can also utilize direct deposit payment. See Government of Belize Press Office.

Cargo ships continue as usual

The Belize Port Authority warns about a rumor that cargo ships will stop visiting Belize. There is no indication of any cancellation or suspension of such shipments. See Government of Belize Press Office.

 

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