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SPTC works on street and sidewalk rehabilitation
Works to rehabilitate Blake Street leading into the San Pablo Subdivision are underway by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). The much-needed upgrade to the streets has now extended to CocoPlum Street, where on Monday, July 6th, heavy machinery equipment was observed at work. In the downtown area, the SPTC is reconstructing the sidewalk next to the Roman Catholic Primary School. The street upgrade leading to the San Pablo Area began on Friday, July 3rd, with Blake Street getting the needed renovation. The plan is to rehabilitate all streets in the subdivisions that are in dire condition.

Governments of United Kingdom and Canada and PAHO/WHO donate over USD$271,135 of PPEs for COVID-19 Response in Belize
As Belize strives to be prepared for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization to support the Ministry of Health of Belize to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through the donation of various items valued at USD$271,135.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Into The Blue With Amigos Del Mar Divers
It looks so peaceful down there, doesn't it? COVID worries away, the dive crew and staff of Amigos del Mar Dive Shop, Ambergris Caye, Belize, took to the clear waters off the coast of La Isla Bonita as a reminder of just how awesome diving is in Belize. After way too much time under quarantine, the inviting waters at Esmeralda Canyons were the perfect therapy. - Picture by John Romero

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Tuesday, July 7th Meal pick ups Location: Food Republic. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

BNN’s National Recovery Strategy Tabled at National Oversight Committee
In addition to recommendations on economic recovery, the document outlines steps that can be taken to enhance Belize’s agricultural sector and food security; strengthen the national health system; have the country’s educational institutions adapt to meet student needs; lessen the nation’s tourism product to external shocks; and implement crisis planning and response mechanisms across the public and private sector.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month: Celebrating the U.S. – Caribbean Partnership
Looking back on June 2020’s National Caribbean-American Heritage Month celebrations across the region.

Thirty-Two Years of Integrating Archaeology and Heritage Management in Belize: A Brief History of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) Project’s Engagement with the Public
Archeology is more than just digging in the dirt, it’s cultural heritage management and precise archaeological research! Click the link to read on the contributions BVAR (Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project) has done over the past 32 years!

Monday with the Maya: Itzamna
Itzamna, the creator deity, was an all pervasive deity with many aspects - being the first priest, inventor of writing and curer of disease in the Maya world. In his celestial aspect Itzamna is associated with the Principal Bird Deity and is said to have been the first to name the places in Yucatán and to divide the lands. A benevolent Itzamna was invoked in several calendrical ceremonies. In the Maya New Year ceremonies he was honored to avert calamities. Along with Ix Chel, he was invoked as the god of medicine and was the patron god of the day Ajaw , the final and most important day of the twenty Maya days.

Las Fiestas to our Patron St. Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Las Fiestas to our Patron St. Our Lady of Mount Carmel will start tomorrow July 7th - 16, 2020, every morning at 4:00 a.m. with the traditional festivities Alboradas. This season as a community we will be observing a few modifications but may we guided to enrich and grow with the experiences that the year has been providing.

Housekeeping - Covid secure Training
In an effort to help the hospitality industry re-open on August 15th, HTS – Belize has revised some of its current training programs to fit within the BTB and Ministry of Tourism reopening guidelines and new Gold standard for accommodations. Below is a list of upcoming training & certification being offered. Please click on the training you are interested in to see detailed information. For questions call 615-6444 or email admin@htsbelize.com

“Diving in the Caribbean and Risk Mitigation” webinar
Want to learn more about the Caribbean and its underwater marvels? The TASC is hosting its “Diving in the Caribbean and Risk Mitigation” webinar on July 14. Join in as a panel of knowledgeable speakers discuss this topic.

Scholarship Opportunity
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the association of German universities, is currently calling for applications for full scholarships programmes for master's and some doctoral studies at German universities. The Development-Related Postgraduate Courses- Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development – Program offers the possibility of studies in various areas relevant to development (economics, natural resources, engineering, international public health and others).

Belize Botanic Gardens Horticulture Training Program
Hello Gardeners, we are pleased to inform you that we will be having classes on the topics listed in the pic. $40 per person per class. You can choose which topics you will like to learn about and come on that day. To secure a spot send us a message or call 671-3322. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY!

IOM Belize Organizes First Humanitarian Charter Flight for Stranded Migrants
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belize organized on Friday (03/07) its first humanitarian charter flight carrying 32 stranded Salvadorans nationals to El Salvador. and bringing 13 Belizeans who returned home from El Salvador. The group had been waiting in Belize and Salvador for almost four months due to COV1D- 19 related border and airport closures. The Salvadoran group included 20 males and 12 females. 1 of whom is a minor, and the Belizean group included 8 females and 5 males. "There are currently limited routes for migrants to return home. Through the support of and close coordination with government authorities, partners and 10M teams. We have been able to ensure Salvadorans and Belizeans can reach their countries of origin in a safe and orderly manner" said Malina Galanu. Project Specialist with the I0M Belize.

Governments of United Kingdom and Canada and PAHO/WHO donate over USD$271,135 of PPEs for COVID-19 Response in Belize
As Belize strives to be prepared for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization to support the Ministry of Health of Belize to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through the donation of various items valued at USD$271,135. "The UK Government is committed to supporting our Belizean friends and partners through this global crisis," said British High Commissioner to Belize, Claire Evans OBE. "By all of us working together, we can all help save lives, protect vital healthcare systems, reduce the risk of future waves of infection globally and, together, work to help mitigate the wider social and economic impacts of Covid-19. In addition, the UK is, with a multi-million-pound commitment, working towards the development of a possible vaccine."

Tropic Air adding flights between Belize City (TZA) and San Pedro (SPR) on weekends
Starting this weekend (July 11), we are adding flights between Belize City (TZA) and San Pedro (SPR) on Saturdays and Sundays. Schedule is below: Saturdays: San Pedro (SPR) to Municipal (TZA) 9:00am, Municipal (TZA) to San Pedro (SPR) 9:30am. Sundays: San Pedro (SPR) to Municipal (TZA) 4:00PM, Municipal (TZA) to San Pedro (SPR) 4:30PM. Opening hours for both San Pedro and Belize City Stations over the weekend are as follows: Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

COVID-19 UPDATE
A further 38 samples were processed today, majority of these being from the flights that arrived on Friday, July 3rd (some pending for tomorrow). All samples today are negative for SARS-CoV2. We remain with 9 active cases and we continue to ask the community to exercise the necessary prevention measures, especially as we move into new norms and the evolving evidence in terms of COVID-19.

Hon. Pablo Marin visits Molecular Biology Unit at Central Medical Lab
This morning the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical Lab to see the recent donations that will assist us to increase our COVID-19 testing capabilities as we work towards ensuring more efficient and shorter turnaround time to process samples. The donations in the photograph included the Pockit Analyzer donated by the Government of Taiwan and the QuantStudio 7Pro thermocycler donated by Belize Bank through the Lord Michael Ashcroft Fund. The Minister extends appreciation on behalf of the people of Belize for all the donations we are getting and for those who have committed to continue to help us.

SISE Family Park Fest
The SISE Family Park Fest will be on Saturday, July 18th, at the Macal River Park. DJ Mesmerize and many other DJ's will be mixing. Good food and music, and fun for the entire family.

Commonwealth launches webinar series for youth to take charge of their future
Hey are you a young person? Curious about how you can get involved and take charge of your future? Register today! The first webinar is July 15th! Don’t miss out!!

A before and after of Xunantunich!
These photographs are from a newly published paper that re-traces the archeological research and cultural heritage management of major sites in Belize. The authors "emphasize the need to train Belizeans as professional archaeologists and conservators, to serve as the next generation of advocates for Belize’s heritage management."

STANN CREEK VALLEY ROAD REHABILITATED AND TRANSFORMED
It's one of the most picturesque parts of the country, and the natural beauty of the Stann Creek Valley is further enhanced by the remarkable transformation of the road that passes through it. The Stann Creek Valley Road, which is the continuation of the Hummingbird Highway, has been completely rehabilitated and repaved all the way to Dangriga, all the narrow bridges removed, and road safety features added, such as guard rails, line markings, reflective road studs (cat’s eyes), traffic signs, pedestrian crossings and bus stops. It’s a pretty handsome investment that was long overdue and part of the nationwide infrastructure transformation that has become the hallmark of this UDP Dean Barrow Administration. Development you can see, feel and drive on!

Channel 7

City Sees First Gang Related Murders in Months
Gang related murders came back to the city this weekend after a more than three month break - and the first victim is a teenager. 19-year-old Raheem Faber was murdered on Friday night in what police are calling a gun deal gone bad. It happened just before midnight at the corner of Ebony and Mayflower streets, where Faber and four other young men were hanging out. Reports are that Faber who had been targeted was shot with a gun that he sold. His family believes that he was called out of his home that night to be executed. Cherisse Halsall Reports: It's a parent's worst nightmare: a sharp knock at the door from what turns out to be the police followed by the quiet and somber revelation that your child has passed away killed by senseless gun violence.

The Killing Of Two Raheems
Less than 24 hours later, another Raheem, 23-year-old Raheem Myles had also been shot and killed in a very similar scenario. Police believe the two murders are directly connected. Myles was hanging out with friends at the corner of Faber's Road and Waight streets when he was gunned down. This morning the Commissioner of Police provided an explanation for the connection between the killing of the two Raheem's, each gunned down in the other's neighborhood: "The shooting of the other Raheem, Raheem Myles, from what we're seeing, is a retaliation for the death of Faber." And while the matter is cut and dry for the Commissioner, Myle's father had yet to be brought up to speed when we met him this morning. even expressing sympathy for the killing that police say ultimately resulted in the murder of his own son.

Police Move Swiftly To Stem Gang Violence
For the police department, these gang-related murders are a big priority, because they are the first since mid March when the Southside State of Emergency was put into effect. Today, the police commissioner said that they have been receiving persistent reports that the City's gangs are increasing their criminal activities once again - and those two weekend murders are proof of that. Compol Chester made it clear that his department isn't going to tolerate any kind of lawlessness or threats public safety:

Cus Killed In San Pedro Columbia
And while this press conference was taking place, the press began receiving reports that a another murder had occurred, this one in the Toledo Village of San Pedro Colombia. When the press asked the Police Commissioner about it, he said that he hadn't yet been briefed by his responding officers: Reporter: "Sir, is there any information on the murder in PG?" Chester Williams Commissioner of Police: "I just got a text that there was some chopping in San Pedro Colombia, Punta Gorda and the victim may have succumb. Other details at this time I don't have."

Drug Plane Overflies Belize, Lands on Mexican Highway
It's a striking visual image: a drug plane set on fire on a paved highway in broad daylight. It happened bright and early on Sunday morning on a rural two-lane highway in Central Quintana Roo - not far from Felipe Carillo Puerto. The Mexican Ministry of Defence had been tracking the jet and when it landed there was a shootout with the Mexican Army. With the support of the Navy an operation was deployed in the vicinity, with two "tanks" and a helicopter, to search for the alleged drug traffickers. A search of the nearby area led to the discovery of a truck, which was carrying 13 parcels of suspected cocaine weighing 66 pounds. Preliminary estimates are that it is valued at approximately 4.9 million dollars.

Alleged Scotiabank Robbers Charged
Last week Friday's headline story was about Gasman Henry Young, the accused bank robber who died in a shoot-out with police. The cops say that he was one of 5 culprits who attempted to carry out a brazen, broad-daylight robbery of Scotiabank's Belama Branch. Tonight, his alleged co-conspirators are at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned in Magistrate's Court today. They are identified as 28-year-old Jason McKenzie, 29-year-old Anthony Barrow, and 24-year-old Leon Westby, and a 17-year-old, and today they were all jointly arraigned on the offenses of robbery, aggravated assault, damage to property, keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Robbers Pounce On Bayview Oasis Bar
But, while police have managed to close the case on that Scotiabank Heist, they don't have anyone detained yet for a robbery which happened on Saturday afternoon at the Bayview Oasis Bar. IT'S is located at mile 5 on the Philip Goldson Highway, and preliminary investigation from police indicates that 2 armed men followed a Bowen delivery truck, robbed its employees, and then robbed a Bayview employee. Here's more from the cops: "On Saturday, just at about 3 p.m., police responded to a robbery at Oasis Bar, located on the Philip Goldson Highway, where they spoke to a delivery truck driver for Bowen and Bowen..."

COVID Coming From Across The Borders
On Friday night we told you that the Ministry of Health was expecting at least one other case of COVID case to be confirmed later that night. And, by 8:00 pm, we had not one but two new cases. They are a man and a woman who entered the country illegally through La Union in the Orange Walk District. The good news is that they are asymptomatic and have been confined to the mandatory quarantine area from when they were caught coming across. So that brings it 9 active cases - all in quarantine. They comprise 8 Belizeans and one Honduran. In fact, all of the last 12 cases - from case 19 - which appeared on June fifth through to case 30 - which appeared last Friday, are all imported.

Another Border Jumper...
That's what residents of Guinea Grass did this weekend when they saw a suspected border jumper roaming around a farm on a village road. They called police and the Quick Response Team responded. They found a Guatemalan, 50-year-old Elias Hernandez Lopez.

IOM Guarantees A "Dignified Return Of Migrants"
So, back to Friday's two repatriation flights that touched down at the PGIA. The first was a United flight out of the US and the second a TAG Airlines from Salvador. Tonight we can tell you that that TAG airline flight was the first of its kind, a humanitarian charter flight for stranded migrants. The chartered flight carried 32 Salvadoran nationals back to Salvador and to brought 13 Belizeans home from El Salvador.

Plenty PPE’s From UK & Canada
The UK and Canadian governments in collaboration with PAHO and the World Health Organization have donated half a million dollars worth of PPE for Belize's COVID response. The much-needed supplies were presented to Minister of Health Pablo Marin in an official handing over ceremony this afternoon at the P.G.I.A. Here's how British High Commissioner Claire Evans put the donation in context. "Yes, well the UK had donated $340,000BZD we're doing it in partnership with PAHO and with our colleagues from the Canadian government so it's part of a wider contribution that we're making from the UK to the Caribbean."

Masks Are a Must In Da Club Says COMPOL
Today at his press conference the commissioner of police underscored - once again - that if you go to a nightclub, you have to use a mask. This weekend was the first without curfew in months, so many people hit the clubs. The COMPOL says a mask is a must, punto final: "I have given a directive this morning that police officers will not be working at certain establishments, these are nightclubs. One of the reasons for that is because some of them are not sound proof; some do not have an exit and entry separate..."

Malathion Shipment Arrives
The heavy rains of June and May have passed, but Mosquito season is still in swing. And, the Ministry of Health today just got a long awaited shipment of mosquito killer Malathion. COVID had slowed down the shipment of supplies, so the Health Department has been using leftover supplies from last year.

UB Responds To Students
Last week, we told you about the frustration of the members of the University of Belize's Faculty and Staff Union. They were reporting that after weeks of pleading with the President, Clement Sankat, and the Board of Trustees, the senior administration of the national university was persisting in its attempts to exclude them from the difficult conversation about how the institution will survive the COVID-induced economic crisis facing the country. The union and the staff and faculty members the represent had given the Board and the President until 11 o'clock today to include them in the decision-making process, or else, the teachers would engage in industrial action.

Vehicle Plunges Into Drain No One Hurt
Fortunately, no one was hurt today on the Western Highway when a vehicle plunged headfirst into a drain and ended up on its side. It happened in front of Hot Mama's in Unitedville where passersby came to the rescue and flipped the vehicle right side up in order to free the driver who had become trapped inside. He appeared semi unconscious.

Channel 5

Raheem Faber is Gunned Down on Ebony Street
Within days of the lifting of the curfew, violence has returned to the streets of the city. Two men were killed over the weekend and it is believed the murders [...]

Raheem Myles is Murdered in Retaliation
Less than twenty-four hours after the killing of Raheem Faber, Raheem Myles was gunned down. Police believe it was a retaliatory murder, avenging the shooting death of Faber.  When Myles [...]

A Chopping Death in Southern Belize
A man was killed in southern Belize. The body of Pedro Cus was found this morning around ten-forty behind his uncle’s property in San Pedro Columbia in Toledo. Reports are [...]

Four Men, Including a Minor, Are Arraigned for Armed Robbery at Scotiabank
The four persons accused of carrying out a brazen afternoon armed robbery at Scotiabank Belama Branch appeared in court today.  Anthony Barrow, Jason McKenzie, Leon Westby and a minor are [...]

Police Seeking Two Suspects in Oasis Bar Robbery
There was a robbery in the city and police are looking for two suspects. It happened around three o’clock on Saturday afternoon at the Oasis Bar on the Philip Goldson [...]

Latest COVID Patients Confirm Positive on Second Test!
On Friday, Belize recorded two more cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of cases to thirty, nine of which are active. Today, thirty-eight more samples were processed, but [...]

ComPol Says Cops Will Not Work at Some Establishments
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that a number of patrons in bars and nightclub establishments weren’t wearing masks this weekend. He notes that social distancing was also not being [...]

Belizean Security Forces Ward Off Narco Plane
Belizeans security forces on Saturday night deterred a narco plane from landing in the country. That plane was forced to crash land on a highway in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The [...]

Murder Case of Steven Moss Gets Underway
The murder case of Steven Moss got underway today before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams in a trial without a jury. But while the case was set to start, it [...]

Police Say Dylon Flowers is Released Pending Investigation
On Friday we told you that forty-year-old Dylon Flowers was released from police detention pending further investigation. Today Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo confirmed this to say that the D.P.P.’s [...]

Cops to Step Up Crime Fighting!
In the past few weeks we’ve been reporting on a number of robberies and just this weekend two Belize City men were killed.  Police say that gang rivalry is at [...]

ComPol Williams: “Gang members will not be allowed to have their way in the city!”
And when it comes to the gangs, Commissioner Chester Williams says that he has zero tolerance for the crimes they are committing and will not be taking it lightly – [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Meets with University’s Finance Subcommittee
As the crisis at the University of Belize continues to fester, the executive of the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union met at length with the president and management [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Still Not Certified Despite Assurances from Labor Department
The failure to have the union certified, according to Doctor Pio Saqui, falls squarely on the Department of Labour since a letter sent to U.B.F.S.U. on January twenty-ninth indicated that [...]

Financial Crisis Leaves UB in Tailspin
The University of Belize spends a huge amount of money in salaries and wages, as much as one point three million dollars every month.  That staggering figure eats up seventy-five [...]

B.M.D.A. Says K.H.M.H.A.’s Decision to Terminate Doctors is Unjustifiable
As part of its cost cutting measures, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has terminated professional contracts.  In May, the hospital ended its contract with Ophthalmologist, Doctor Amin Hegar.  Later in June, [...]

P.P.E.s Donated to Belize
A little over half a million Belize dollars worth of Personal Protective Equipment was donated to Belize by the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada and PAHO/WHO for the country’s [...]

C.W.U. Continues Protest Against P.B.L.
The staff at the Port of Belize Limited today continued their demonstration against their employer. The management at the Port has decided to cut staff salaries by ten percent due [...]

Sedi is Still in the U.D.P.’s Leadership Race
Pickstock Area Representative, Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington is the third candidate running in the upcoming U.D.P. leadership convention this Sunday. The two others are Patrick Faber and John Saldivar. The second [...]

Murdered Five Years Ago and Still No Justice for Kareem Clarke
Five years ago to this date, Kareem Clarke was gunned down in Belize City. The journalist was heading home on his bicycle when he was met by gunfire. Like so [...]

Still No Justice for Kyla Young
Kareem Clarke isn’t the only family member that Melanie Young has lost to gun violence.  Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Kyla Young, was shot and killed in Belize City in February of this [...]

LOVE FM

Opposition Leader goes on countrywide tour
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, has started his countrywide tour in the Cayo District. His goal is to meet with residents and address their concerns.

University of Belize’s chairman responds to UBFSU
The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) has been declared as uncertified to act as a registered group. Chairman of the University of Belize, Harrison Pilgrim spoke to Love News over the weekend where he explained that the institution is yet to see any official documents on the union’s viability in representing the faculty and staff.

Stevedores face their own issues at PBL
In the first half of our news we told you of the protest by the Port of Belize Limited workers. There is another story coming out of the operations at the Port; this time involving the stevedores.

Gang retaliation leaves another man dead
The second young man that was killed was 23-year-old Raheem Miles. On Saturday sometime around 7pm, Miles was standing at the corner of Faber’s Road and Waight Street when he was shot several times. Police believe that his murder is in retaliation of the death of Raheem Faber.

Teenager killed in Belize City
The two other weekend murders are reportedly gang related. The first occurred just before midnight on Friday. 19-year-old Raheem Faber was standing at the corner of Ebony and Mayflower Street when he was killed. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo gave us more details on what transpired.

No increase for UB’s tuition
The Faculty and Staff union is not the only force that the University of Belize’s Board of Trustees has to reckon with. Recent decisions have also upset the student body, who took to social media to protest against a proposed increase in tuition.

Protest at Port of Belize Limited continues
For four days the Port of Belize Limited employees have been protesting during their lunch breaks against the implementation of a 10% pay cut. The protest began last week and according to the Chief Representative for the workers, Wayne Lambey, the PBL has declined to meet with the employees and the labor department.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Minister of Health visits Central Medical Lab
Today, Minister of Health, Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical […]

Medical and Dental Association concerned about doctors losing their jobs
The Belize Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) is calling on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital […]

Latest batch of COVID-19 tests come back negative
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported today that the latest batch of COVID-19 tests has […]

Police Department cracking down on nightclubs
The Police Department is renewing its challenge on nightclubs, among the last establishments to reopen […]

Murders of Raheem Faber and Raheem Myles linked by retaliation, rivalry
The otherwise separate murders this weekend of Raheem Myles and Raheem Faber in Belize City […]

Football Federation of Belize plots August return
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) today announced plans to resume competition in all disciplines […]

National Hydrological Service says flood levels are falling
The National Hydrological Service of Belize informed today that flood levels are falling. The weather […]

Tropic Air adds weekend flights between Belize City and San Pedro
Tropic Air Belize informed today that beginning this weekend, the company is adding flights between […]

Pedro Cus chopped to death in San Pedro Columbia, body found by uncle
Pedro Cus, 26, a farmer of San Pedro Columbia Village, Toledo was found dead on […]

United Kingdom, Canada and Pan American Health Organization hand donate Personal Protective Equipment to Belize
Today, the British High Commissioner to Belize, Claire Evans was in attendance at the handing […]

Police confirm arrests in robbery at Scotia Bank
Police have arrested and charged three persons with a robbery of a depositor at Scotiabank […]

Police awaiting doctor’s report in Burrell Boom shooting
The death of Roy Fitzgerald Gabourel remains under investigation by Police. The report of a […]

Hurricane center issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Edouard, located over North Atlantic
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Edouard located over the North […]

Blogs

COVID-19 Update for Travellers
In an effort to keep all travellers to Belize informed, we are providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 below. We do invite you to consider postponing, rather than cancelling your vacation, and visiting our beautiful jewel in the near future when these restrictions are reduced. Kindly take note of our Frequently Asked Questions and all official updates from our Ministry of Health below to keep updated.

COVID-19: Tourism & Re-openings in the Rest of Central America
Belize’s borders have been closed since the end of March. Just last week, a very limited re-opening of the International Airport has been announced for August 15th. Arrivals in Belize are HIGHLY recommended to have a COVID test within 72 hours of arrival to be fast-tracked thru the customs and immigration process. But they will have to go directly to a certified hotel that will provide not just a room but meals, tours, and everything that the visitor will need. There are still MANY questions about the specifics. How long do they expect this phase to last? What metrics will they be looking at to expand tourism – allow tourists to exit their hotels? What about homeowners and people visiting those with home – when can they return? Hopefully, we will get some answers soon.

The Green Iguana Conservation Project at San Ignacio Resort Hotel
Love animals? Then this one’s for you. Get the chance to spend the day with these amazing local lizards at the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Started in 1996, The Green Iguana Conservation Project is a continuous effort that aims to conserve and look after the endangered Green Iguana species in Belize. Located within the lush Macal Valley grounds of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, this excellent program collects and hatches iguana eggs, raising the reptiles until they are past their most vulnerable age. The iguanas are then released into the wild.

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The Quiet Village of Seine Bight, Belize
Belize is full of hidden gems, and you’ll find one just outside the popular beach town of Placencia. The village of Seine Bight is a few miles north of Placencia between Maya Beach and the Placencia Lagoon. It’s a quiet place that feels like it’s a world away from the popular tourist destinations of Placencia Village, San Ignacio or San Pedro in Ambergris Caye. Seine Bight’s original inhabitants were the ancient Maya, who established a trading settlement on the shores of both bodies of water. Pirates discovered this hideaway on the beach in the 17th century, later using it as a trading post of stolen loot for many years. Today, Seine Bight is a stronghold for the Garifuna.

Tropical storm Edouard is fifth named storm of 2020, earliest such Atlantic storm on record
Mother Nature put on her own modest Fourth of July fireworks over the weekend, when Tropical Depression 5 formed near Bermuda on July 4. Despite marginal conditions for development – sea surface temperatures (SSTs) near 25 degrees Celsius (77°F), moderate wind shear, and dry air – TD 5 managed to intensify into Tropical Storm Edouard at 11 p.m. EDT July 5. By 11 a.m. EDT July 6, Edouard had intensified to 45 mph winds as it sped northeast at 37 mph over the open Atlantic. Edouard was the earliest fifth Atlantic named storm formation on record, beating the record set by Emily on July 12, 2005. The fifth named storm of the year typically does not occur until August 31, so we are nearly two months ahead of climatology. None of this year’s named storms have been hurricanes, and the first hurricane of the season usually arrives by August 10.

Belize: Cuban women on the front line
The Cuban medical brigade in Belize is on the front line of the fight against Covid-19, and the women who make it play a key role. Dr. Mauro Castelló told Cuba Internacional vía the Internet that Cuba's medical cooperation started more than 30 years ago and since then, hundreds of physicians, licentiates and health technicians have visited the country. All of them have rendered their services in all six districts of the nation: Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo, noted Castelló, who is a pediatric surgeon.

IOM organizes double return flight between Belize and El Salvador
A plane chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) completed last Friday a round-trip humanitarian flight, carrying 32 Salvadoran nationals from Belize to El Salvador and bringing home 13 Belizeans on the return trip. "This is the first large group movement of its kind for stranded migrants in Belize through IOM Assisted Voluntary Return Program," said Diana Locke, IOM's Head of Office in Belize. “This represents a big step in the right direction for the dignified return of migrants in the region.”

Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2hr.

  • Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize, Episode 1 - KKK / PGIA / UDP, 30min. The former leader of the KKK might be a citizen of Belize. Concern about Covid-19 when the Belize International Airport re-opens in August. And everything old could be new again when the UDP elects their next leader. It's the debut episode of Brent's Two Cents, the newest podcast from Belize!

  • Belize Barrier Reef: Exotic Fish, Sea turtle, Shark [National Geographic Documentary 2020 HD, 52min. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Estimated to be nearly 4,000 years old, its waters are home to an immense marine ecosystem. Explore a deep blue wilderness brimming with rare, exotic fish, sea turtles, sharks, and huge green morays.

  • 60 Second Science: Measuring Jaguar Density in Belize, 1.5min. Panthera Research Fellow Bart Harmsen tells us about his new study on how to best measure jaguar density in Belize's Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Researchers recommend longer and more varied sampling to obtain more accurate jaguar estimates.

  • San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero endorses John Saldivar for Party Leader, .5min.

  • Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise | Year In Review 2020-2021- Dr. Selma Bermudez Rotary Club President, 8min.

  • PAGENTRTY IN BELIZE | FT RENEA MARTINEZ, 15min. Today girls talk video we speak on pageantry. Miss Martinez has been in the pageant industry for sometime and she shed some light base on her experience.

  • A Christmas Celebration In Belize, 6.5min. While visiting Belize, I joined in on a December tradition in a small village.

  • Las Alboradas to our Patron St.Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 9min.

  • Want to learn a little about the Garifuna Drums, 5min. Here is an educational video on the Primero and Segunda drums. Video is courtesy of our very own colleague, Josh Arana, Coordinator of Stann Creek House of Culture and Institute for Social & Cultural Research ISCR NICH.