Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Belize lifts curfew measures and most internal restrictions as of July 1. Borders remain closed to nonresident foreign travelers.
- Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 12:05 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 15 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
As of July 1, authorities in Belize have lifted all curfew measures and internal restrictions on movements and operations introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Certain operating protocols will continue to be enforced:
- All individuals are required to practice social distancing measures by maintaining a minimum of 1.8 meters (six feet) between each other.
- The use of a face is mandatory in all public places and on public transportation, Individuals do not need to wear masks when exercising, engaging in sporting activities, when eating at restaurants, or when traveling alone or with immediate family.
The country's borders remain closed to all nonresident foreign nationals; however, Belizean citizens and permanent residents have been permitted to reenter. Those who are eligible to enter will be subject to mandatory quarantine protocols. Authorities announced that Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen to international passenger flights Aug. 15. Cargo flights and shipments, emergency flights, and emergency medical transportation are excluded from travel bans. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
Several governments have begun implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. However, international movement restrictions are likely to be protracted in Belize. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.
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.