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COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations #546555
11/28/20 11:44 AM
11/28/20 11:44 AM
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Statutory Instrument No. 170 of 2020 takes effect today, November 28, 2020.

Kindly find the below link to the Quarantine (Prevention of the Spread of Infectious Disease) (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020


The Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations asks tourism stakeholders to take note of the most recent Quarantine Regulations (SI 170 of 2020) by the Minister of Health and Wellness, that goes into effect as of today, November 28, 2020. In summary, the key requirements affecting our industry are:

1) Curfew will now be from 10 p.m. until 4:59 a.m.

2) All Foreign Tourists are required to reserve or book their stay at an approved Gold Standard hotel or tourist accommodation only.

3) All Foreign Tourists are required to download and register their information on the Belize Travel Health App prior to arrival or upon arrival to Belize, they shall maintain the app functional throughout their stay in Belize, and are required to keep their mobile device with them at all times.

4) Transportation of Foreign Tourists should be done only by authorised means of transportation by the Belize Tourism Board.

5) Restaurants that can provide open air, outdoor or al fresco dining may offer dining-in services, by reservation only, for no more than 50% of its seating capacity. All other licensed restaurants are to offer take out, delivery or drive through services only.

6) No more than 10 persons shall be gathered in a public place or public space at a time.

7) All persons entering and remaining in a business establishment shall wear a face mask or other face covering, and adhere to social distancing measures, with some exceptions.

8.) All bars, rum shops, discotheques, night clubs, gymnasiums, casinos and gaming establishments are to remain closed.

9) Spas shall remain open and receive clientele by appointment only, and with only two customers within the business establishment at a time if the square footage allows for social distancing.

10) All land and sea port entry into and exist out of Belize shall remain closed, with some exceptions.



Good morning my fellow Belizeans, as of midnight tonight Regulation 170/2020 shall come into force. Below is a breakdown of what is and what is not permissible under the new Covid19 regulation.

Curfew will be in effect from 10pm to 4:59am the following morning. Security personnel, essential and Frontline workers and other essential workers in possession of a pass issued by the Minister of Home Affairs, will be allowed to move around during curfew hours providing they are doing so within the scope of their duties.

Wearing of mask or other mouth and nose covering is a must in every public place and space. Children under the age of 6 years are exempted from wearing mask. Likewise you are not required to wear a mask in the privacy of your home, if driving in your vehicle alone or with persons from your immediate household.

Business establishment are not to allow no one on their establishment unless they wear a mask or other mouth or nose covering.

Social distancing of six feet or more must be maintained.

There is no requirement to maintain social distancing in the privacy of your home.

Business establishment are to ensure that persons who enter their establishment practice social distancing.

Person engaging in any approved sporting activity are not required to practice social distancing.

The following none contact sporting activities are allowed- Volleyball, tennis, table tennis and Golf.

The following establishments are to remain closed- bars, rum shops, discotheques, casinos, game shops night clubs and gymnasiums.

Restaurants, dinners, saloons and street food venders are to open for takeout and drive through only.

However, restaurant that are open air can open for dinning in service on appointments and can only host up to 50% of its capacity.

Barber shops, spas, and beauty salons can operate on appointments.

Exercise by running, walking and cycling are allowed; however, social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained and cyclists must be in single file.

No person shall host or attend a private party which includes any person from

outside of the immediate household; a recreational or competitive sporting event; a wedding which hosts more than ten persons other than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer; a banquet, ball or reception; any social event; a funeral, except ten members of the immediate family and at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff; a meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club or civic association or organization; or a church service or other service of worship which hosts more than ten persons other than the person officiating the service and two auxiliary personnel.

The Belize Police Department is asking that we all adhere to these protocols in order to protect ourselves from this deadly Covid19 virus. We have lost a number of our citizens to this virus and a number of us are infected. We are the carriers as such the only way we can slow down its spread is for us to act more responsible by adhering to the protocols.

It is important for everyone to abide by these protocols because they see it as the right thing to do in order to protect themselves and not for fearing arrest by the police.

Together let us do our best to protect our children, elderly and most vulnerable population from jaws of this deadly virus.

Re: COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations [Re: Marty] #546558
11/29/20 05:15 AM
11/29/20 05:15 AM
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Amendment to new SI welcomed by tourism stakeholders

Stakeholders welcomed the amendments to the new Statutory Instrument (SI) regarding the COVID-19 Regulations 2020 No. 170, allowing open-air restaurants to accommodate a 50% seating capacity instead of only 12 patrons as previously announced. The 21-day curfew scheduled for Saturday, November 28th, will start at 10PM and not at 9PM as previously announced and ending at 4:59AM. Tourism stakeholders were initially concerned after the Minister of Health and Wellness Honourable Michel Chebat announced the regulations on Thursday, November 26th, via a virtual press conference. Chebat firmly said that restaurants were not to close; however, those with outdoor facilities could operate with no more than 12 customers at a time. This regulation did not sit well, especially on Ambergris Caye, where tourism is the main business.

The amendment on the SI regarding the curfew and restaurants’ regulations came from the outcry of the tourism sector and discussions involving members of the Belize Tourism Industry Association’s (BTIA) San Pedro chapter and BTIA National Executive Board on Friday, November 27th. As a result, BTIA expedited a letter to Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism, requesting a reconsideration. They proposed that instead of limiting restaurants’ capacity to 12 persons, restaurants would be allowed to operate at 50% capacity in relation to al fresco dining with proper social distancing protocols in place. They also suggested that the curfew be extended to 10pm to allow restaurant workers sufficient time to clean up and be home on time.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations [Re: Marty] #546575
11/30/20 05:18 AM
11/30/20 05:18 AM
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One of the priority campaign areas of this new administration was to develop and share a new strategy for COVID-19 going forward. After a very immediate and intense review along with several consultations, the Minister of Health and Wellness Hon. Michel Chebat, SC on the advice of Cabinet has approved the following recommendations to increase the response for change through specific key areas: Epidemiological surveillance, hospital and lab capacity, medical and pharmaceutical supplies and risk communication and education for behavior change.

Specific recommendations:

- 1. Improve Surveillance and Testing Capacities

a. Immediate – implement and scale up the use of rapid test in all district hospitals for symptomatic and close contacts.

b. Hire additional staff including (ex. laboratory technicians, lab aides, contact tracers and data entry clerks).

c. Active Surveillance with Ministry of Health teams at private businesses.

d. Establish testing sites outside of the hospital in accessible areas in urban communities and create two mobile swabbing teams for rural communities.

- 2. Surge Capacity for Hospital Services

a. Hiring of additional human resources such as nurses, doctors, specialist heath staff, support staff for deployment to all regional and community hospitals.

b. Acquisition of additional medical equipment and supplies.

- 3. National Public Health Measures for Containment

a. Implement curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. for 21 days effective Saturday, November 28, 2020.

b. Restriction of gatherings remains at 10 people at general public places, including the immediate household.

c. Every organization is expected to implement work from home orders and/or staff shift rotation for employees.

d. Provide food packages and stipend to families in quarantine in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Development, Families & Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.

e. Provide hotel for persons who cannot quarantine at home.

f. Assess housing conditions to determine adequacy for isolation and/or quarantine.

g. Enforcement of Quarantine Measures in conjunction with the Ministry of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries.

h. Provide accommodation and other logistics for health care personnel.

i. New Health Education Campaign to reach both public and private sector in collaboration with the media and Non-Governmental Organization.

j. Restaurants without outdoor dining to have takeout and delivery service only.

k. Outdoor restaurants may offer dining in services by reservation only, for no more than 50 per cent of its seating capacity.

l. Churches can conduct service but it remains at 10 persons maximum

m. Bars remain closed.

n. Gymnasiums are to remain closed.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is eager and committed to work with all sectors to reduce the increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths. The Ministry will continue to monitor the situation in the immediate short term and adjust plans as necessary on the advice of its medical team.

Please continue to wear a face mask properly in public, maintain consistent physical distancing and wash and sanitize hands at every opportunity. Be safe and stay at home.

“Let’s join forces in fighting COVID-19.”


Message by Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable John Briceno

Re: COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations [Re: Marty] #546613
12/01/20 01:30 PM
12/01/20 01:30 PM
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The graphic below shares a summary of the most recent Quarantine Regulations (SI 170 of 2020) that has an impact on our Tourism Industry and Diaspora. Key requirements are summarized for Tourism Businesses, Foreign Tourists, and Belizeans & Other Travellers (Not Foreign Tourist).

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