Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Belize lifts all curfew measures nationwide from Sept. 4; however, all other COVID-19 restrictions remain unchanged.

Alert Begins 04 Sep 2020 12:22 PM UTC
Alert Expires 18 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Belize have lifted all nationwide curfew measures as of Sept. 4; however, all other existing restrictions related to curbing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), will remain in place. As of Sept. 4, there are no special measures in place, and the same restrictions apply to all areas. The following restrictions are in place as of Sept. 4:

 

  • All persons over the age of five must wear protective face coverings at all times, except while in private residences, exercising or engaged in any sporting activity, driving alone or with only immediate family members, riding motorcycles or bicycles, or seated at restaurants.

 

  • Gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited, and all persons are also required to adhere to social distancing directives.

 

  • Outdoor exercise is permitted provided social distancing measures are maintained; however, competitive sporting events and recreational contact sports are still prohibited.

 

  • Restaurants, diners, street food vendors, and other similar establishments are permitted to offer takeout, delivery, and drive-through services only.

 

  • All bars, rum shops, discotheques, nightclubs, casinos, gymnasiums, and gaming establishments are to remain closed.

 

  • Spas, beauty salons, and barbershops are allowed to operate by appointment only, with only two customers allowed in the establishment at a time.

 

  • Schools are to remain closed but may operate online.

 


Additionally, all ports of entry in Belize remain closed except for cargo shipments and emergency transportation. Belizean citizens and permanent residents of Belize are permitted to return to the country; however, any returning residents may be subject to a period of mandatory quarantine at the discretion of the government.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. Highly targeted localized measures could be enforced in villages and towns with higher disease activity.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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