From San Pedro Scoop
Listening to the Prime Minister's press conference now...
Social distancing will remain in place in all things.
May 15: AG will go thru final version of new SI.
Opening of seas, rivers and pools.
Open air restaurants can open.
Churches can hold services with 10 person limit (this threshold should be raised in the next few weeks.)
Citizens wishing to come home to Belize can write to Ministry of Affairs to coordinate but will be subject to 14 day quarantine.
Opening of borders?
PGIA will open, most likely, before boat/land routes across border. It's the PMs "fervent HOPE" that flights can restart July 1st but this is a moving target. (Must look to the US and scientific developments esp. rapid testing, possibility of "immunity of passport") IF there is movement here, we may even reach at point before July 1st. But "not by any means a matter of certainty"
We must be ready for "push-back", we may be taking unacceptable risks until there is a rapid response test or some sort of passport immunity certificate availablle.
Uncertainty is most regrettable but this is a moving target.
From the Ambergris Today:
Notes from PM Press Conference Today, May 14, 2020
NEW SI Implementations start Tomorrow, May 15, 2020
* PGIA - Hope of opening International Airport before Land Borders
July opening projected
*Domestic Tourism Push by Belize Tourism Board is taking place
*People are Allowed to Swim in Sea, Rivers and Pools (Maintain Social Distancing)
*Restaurants (Hotel Restaurants too) allowed to operate with outdoor dining & social distancing practices
*Masks are not necessary for exercising
*Churches can hold services - subject to 10 person limit/social distancing
*Social Gathering still at limited to 10 people
*Repatriation of Belizean Citizens Abroad Begins - Residents abroad are asked to contact respective Embassies for details
SUMMARY OF THE NEW COVID-19 REGULATIONS
These are the new rules for Belize from Friday May 14th.
Under the New SI effective starting Friday May 15th, according to the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow
-Belizeans will now be able to travel across interdistrict borders
-Outdoor Exercise will not require persons to wear a face mask
- Private parties allowed 10 persons max
-Pools, Beaches, Rivers is Permitted for swimming subject to Social Distancing
-Hotel Restaurants - Permit eating at restaurants at outdoor seating facilities only with social distancing
-All Established Open Air Restaurants located on private property can operate with social distancing in place
-Belizeans under the new SI will be allowed to travel back to Belize with permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subject to a mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
[Thanks to Will Moreno for listening to the PM and summarizing them.]