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Today's Belize News: April 3, 2020

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Today's Belize News: April 3, 2020 - 04/03/20 12:15 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Ambergris Caye’s quarantine rules differ from Central Government; Mayor asks residents to wait for 14-day clearance
In a statement issued via their Facebook Page, The San Pedro Town Council made the bold declaration that some of their rules for Ambergris Caye would over-ride the latest Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020 in place due to COVID-19. On Tuesday, March 31st, following the announcement of a third coronavirus case, Prime Minister Dean Barrow declared a State of Emergency for the entire country of Belize. The PM gave directives to Governor General Sir Colville Young to sign and gazette Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 46 of 2020 on April 1ST.

Suspension of All Lotteries including Games of Chance and Government Lotteries
The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as the Ministry responsible for Lotteries, informs the public that due to the state of emergency in place in response to COVID-19, all lotteries, including games of chance and Government Lotteries (Boledo, Jackpot and Ordinary), are suspended until further notice.

The COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program
The co-chairs of the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee, the Rt Hon. Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, agreed on March 16, 2020, to establish the Economic Oversight Team (EOT) comprising Dr. Carla Barnett and Mr. Christopher Coye, to, among other things, oversee the establishment and operationalization of the Unemployment Relief Program.

Ambergris Today

SPBZE Express Water Taxi Delivers Relief For Sister Islands
San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi made its way to both Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, today, Thursday, April 2, 2020, with a donation of over $30,000.00 in food items to assist during the lockdown due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The transport company says that it is proud to give back to the communities of both San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village. “It is a small gesture in such a big situation,” stated the company. “Our dedicated customers have stood the time with us over the last 11 years and during this time we’d like them to know we have them in our thoughts and prayers.

Various Belizean Sources

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Precautionary Measures for Preventing and Slowing the Transmission of COVID- 19: GOB Declaration of National State of Emergency
In accordance with the precautionary measures implemented by the Government of Belize to contain the spread of COVID-19, the public is hereby informed that the Ministry of Natural Resources will be closed to the public effective today, April 2, 2020, until further notice. The Ministry will continue to provide services to the public, where possible, via its website. The public is encouraged to utilize the online facility to submit applications, make payments and submit queries. To access the online facility, kindly visit https://naturalresources.gov.bz.

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee cancels festivities for this year 2020
In light of the current situation our country is facing with Covid-19, Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is cancelled for this year. No one knows how long this will last and the community will slowly take its time to recover from all loses incurred. To those businesses who had already sponsored us please know it will be carried over to the next festival. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to once again bring life to our little island! Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee.

NOTICE FROM THE Social Security Board
Effective today, April 2, 2020 all Branch Offices countrywide will discontinue in-person services until further notice. Kindly access our services through the following: 1. Benefit Claims Submission via email claims@socialsecurity.org.bz 2. General Queries via email: info@socialsecurity.org.bz; or Facebook messenger: ssbbelize 3. Contact the Branch in your area via the numbers provided below for over the phone assistance.

A solo offering for Biix by the Maya Máasewal community of Cristo Rey (Corozal)
The prayers are done in Yucatec Maya language and Spanish . Our beautiful Maya Culture of Northern Belize .

SUPREME COURT OF BELIZE NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC GENERAL REGISTRY
IN LIGHT OF THE DEVELOPMENTS WITH REGARDS TO COVID•19, INCLUDING THE RECENT DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED OF THE FOLLOWING FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 02, 2020 TO APRIL 30, 2020. 1. OPENING HOURS • MAIN OFFICE 9;0D A.M. TO 2:00 P.M., MONDAY TO FRIDAY. 2. OPENING HOURS • CASHIER 9:00 A.M. TO 1.00 P.M. MONDAY TO FRIDAY. 3. CORRESPONDENCE CAN BE SENT BY EMAIL TO info@belizejudiciary.org. 4. DROP BOX FOR DOCUMENTS IS AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE MAIN OFFICE DURING OPENING HOURS. ANY QUERIMCONCERNS MAY BE ADDRESSED BY EMAIL TO, info@belizejudiciary.org OR BY CONTACTING US AT 227.7377 DURING THE ADJUSTED OPENING HOURS.

MINISTRY OF FINANCE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT (COVID -19)
In accordance with the Government's Press Release on the 261 March, 2020, in which the Prime Minister declared a Nationwide State of Emergency for the entire country, the Ministry of Finance would like to announce that services will be provided as follows:- • Foreign Exchange Permit - Monday — Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. • l'rocessing of duty exemption will have a minimum time of two weeks from the date of receipt. • The public is encouraged to utilize a drop box placed on the first floor of the Sir Edney Cain Building for those wishing to drop off their mails. Those who require other services should forward their request via e-mail to covidamofgov.hz or call the number 822-3493. The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Suspension of All Lotteries including Games of Chance and Government Lotteries
The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as the Ministry responsible for Lotteries, informs the public that due to the state of emergency in place in response to COVID-19, all lotteries, including games of chance and Government Lotteries (Boledo, Jackpot and Ordinary), are suspended until further notice.

Employers Submission Request
An Economic Oversight Team was established on March 16, 2020 to oversee the establishment and operationalization of an Unemployment Relief Program. This program offers financial assistance to meet the needs of workers who have been terminated or laid off as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple verification levels will be applied to the application process to ensure transparency, fairness, and accountability of the Unemployment Relief Program. In view of this, employers who have laid off employees as a result of COVID-19 are being asked to kindly complete the Excel spreadsheet available on the COVID-19 website https://covid19.bz/employers-submission-request/ as soon as possible and email the completed form to employers@covid19.bz.

Central Bank of Belize & Financial Intelligence Unit FRAUD ALERT – Counterfeit Belize Currency Notes
The Central Bank of Belize and the Financial Intelligence Unit issue this alert to inform the public of the circulation of counterfeit Belize currency notes. The public is urged to become familiar with the security features of the currency notes issued by the Central Bank of Belize. Recognizing the security features will protect the public from fraud committed using counterfeit Belize currency notes.

COVID-19 Update from the Office of Director of Health Services
This is the first infographic of what we intended to provide on a daily basis in terms of testing. The data provided is up until 4:00 p.m. yesterday but provides a quick snapshot in terms of where the tests are coming from including a total amount per district.

San Pedro Belize Express Donates Food Suppliesto Caye Caulker
Today was a very busy day for the Caye Caulker Village Council, firstly we want to extend our deepest gratitude to San Pedro Belize Express for their selfless donation of food supply. We will ensure that those most in need get some help. The Ministry of Health and Central Health Region representatives made it to Caye Caulker and the staff of Caye Caulker Health Center received training with the personal protective equipment and the representative commended the work and effort of the health team.

ATTENTION SAN PABLO Residents
On Friday, April 3rd, 1:30PM, Hope Haven volunteers will be across from the San Pablo Catholic Church, supplying water to those in need. Water is being donated by Kevin and Nova Parel from Casa Nova at Secret Beach. Up to 1 (one) 5-gallon container per family please, and as always, we ask 1 family representative to show up. Everyone is asked to practice social distancing, a safe 6 feet apart minimum.

Donations for San Pedro by the Muslim Community
We ask that those who are truly in need reach out for help. If you have means of securing food and supplies for yourself, share this information with someone else who may be in dire need.

The San Pedro Magistrate Court will be back in session starting Monday, April 6th from 9AM - 2PM
Cashier services will be available from 9AM - 1PM

BELIZE CONSTITUTION (EMERGENCY POWERS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2020
Kindly click the link below to access Statutory Instrument No. 47 of 2020 which may be cited as the BELIZE CONSTITUTION (EMERGENCY POWERS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2020

Employers Submission Request
An Economic Oversight Team was established on March 16, 2020 to oversee the establishment and operationalization of an Unemployment Relief Program. This program offers financial assistance to meet the needs of workers who have been terminated or laid off as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple verification levels will be applied to the application process to ensure transparency, fairness, and accountability of the Unemployment Relief Program.

A collection of press releases that are in effect
Note that additional measures are in effect for Ambergris Caye. Adhere to the San Pedro Town Council permitted and restricted businesses/activities, they override the national measures. The April 1st San Pedro Town Council press releases are provided in English and Spanish.

Unemployment Relief Application Form
Notice: The application for unemployment relief is now live. Please share it around. You can apply online.

Corozal Town Council Closed Down
The Corozal Town Council would like to give notice that as of today, April 2nd 2020, the council will be officially closed down to comply with the State of Emergency currently in effect in the country of Belize. The Corozal Town Council, however, advises that we will continue to provide the garbage collection service to the Community through our sanitation department as an essential service. The CTC would kindly like to request the assistance of The residents of Corozal Town with the proper bagging of garbage so as to aid our sanitation workers who will fervently continue being at your service. The CTC also requests the residents of Corozal to desist from burning garbage as this is in contravention with the Law.

Who can benefit from the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program?
The program offers financial relief to the following persons: 1. Employees and self-employed persons who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, particularly but not solely, the tourism sector will receive $150 every two weeks over a 12-week period. 2. Persons who would have been unemployed prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are now experiencing even more difficult circumstances, will receive $100 every two weeks over a 12-week period. These persons will also be referred to the Ministry of Human Development for consideration for further assistance through the social programs operated by that ministry...

Cayo was empty today
Sad to say I never Thought I would live to see a lock down of my home town !Beautiful San Ignacio! On a Wednesday Morning!!

Siren sounds 3 Times to Announce Curfew in San Ignacio
SAN IGNACIO & SANTA ELENA TOWN COUNCIL NOTICE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO THE FULL EFFECT OF CURFEW TONIGHT APRIL 2ND, 2020, THE SIREN AT OUR FIRE STATION WILL BE SOUNDING THREE (3) TIMES AT 7:45 PM . THIS WILL BE DONE EVERY NIGHT FOR THE DURATION OF THE CURFEW AS A WARNING TO THE PUBLIC TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS INSIDE THEIR HOMES!

Maya Máasewal men from the village of San Pablo and San Jose (Orange walk) preparing a traditional Maya altar for the Holy Ch'a Cháak

Channel 7

115 Tests, Still Only 3 Positive
Good evening and welcome to 7News - we are in day one of only the second National State Of Emergency in the country's history - and we'll tell you all about that tonight.   But, we start with an update on COVID 19.  There are still only 3 positive tests in Belize.  This graphic from the Ministry of Health shows that up to 4:00 pm yesterday, there were 103 tests performed, and 13 people are under investigation.  

Solitary Streets In State of Emergency
And that is why Belize is under a National State of Emergency and curfew tonight - to make sure we contain the COVID contagion by staying home and keeping social distance. And so, today, tens of thousands of Belizeans, workers, students and those hustling in the margins to survive, stayed home, and stayed safe. But, it is not a complete lockdown like we've seen in other countries. We're calling it a soft lockdown since many businesses were allowed to open, and regular folks were allowed to go about their business without much police interference. But, in Belize city, those numbers were few. Cherisse Halsall was on the street beat today:..

AG Says Shut 'Em Down
But, like we said, a variety of retail stores were still open.  And that included Mirab, which advertised its adjusted opening hours.  That drew fire on Facebook, from many who said the Department store was not an essential service.   And, tonight, the news is that the Belize Constitution Emergency Powers Regulations have been adjusted to say that - basically - only grocery stores and restaurants should be open, not hardware or general supplies stores. The Attorney Geenral gave the breakdown on today's "Ask The Experts" show:

SOE Means Moving With Purpose
And, so while hardware stores, now have to figure out how to switch up into delivery outlets, Belizeans, the general public, has to come to terms with the fact that most of the population has to stay at home for the next 30 days.   Yes, the curfew is only between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am, but when that is over, the regulations state that you have to move with a purpose.  The AG explained:

Out-District? Out of The Question!
And moving with purpose means finding what you need in your own zone, or, at least, your home district. Underscoring what the Commissioner of Police told us last night, under the state of emergency, there should be no inter-district travel, only if it is an emergency: "If you live in Belize City and you are going to Orange Walk to purchase something, it must be something that is an essential need, you must be attending a doctor..."

An Exercise In Common Sense
And, while the restrictions on movement can be interpreted as oppressive, especially for those who live in cramped urban settings, there is some relief tonight. The national oversight committee has made changes to the regulations again, to allow exercise in the outdoors, under certain provisions. The AG explained: "Exercising by jogging, running or walking only. Gym no open, I got a call this morning, so you open the gym? Gym is not open. ."

The Science Of The Soft Lockdown
And while that provision was relaxed, as you heard, others have been tightened. But, the National State of Emergency regulations are still for a kind of soft lockdown.   AG Peyrefitte agreed today: "Well the type of freedoms and exceptions we're making here, better we no have no lockdown, some people are saying that and that's not a horrible argument, that's a valid argument. ."

AG Passes On A Plenitude of Passes
And for those who are hoping a pass can save them from such a fate, today's bad news is that there aren't going to be many passes issued - and none right now.  The often pugnacious Peyrefitte explained: "There will be no passes issued for at the very least the first week of this curfew, no passes. So anybody who is out there between 8 PM and 5 AM will be arrested and charged."

Do Not Pass Go Without Mike P
And for those who think they can evade arrest with some authorisation form the employer of an essential service, Peyrefitte says that is not allowed; any pass - the those are issued - musty come from his hand: "If you have something in your hand and it's not signed by the Minister of National Security, you are not safe and you will be arrested and charged. ."

Water Taxi Gives Back To Island Communities
Belizeans all over the country have been hurting financially ever since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the global economy. But, for those who earn their livelihood from tourism are the ones most devastated by the pandemic. San Pedro and Caye Caulker are among the country's premier tourism destinations, and so when all international travel was cut off, they were among the first to experience the crisis. Today, San Pedro Belize Express water ferry made a gesture of customer appreciation to the suddenly needy residents of both islands with a donation of basic food items that could become scarce due to the State of Emergency.

Sign Shop's Switch-Up A Sign Of The Times
Last week we showed you how a local rum factory single-handedly solved the country's hand sanitizer shortage. It's a trend we're noticing on small and large scales, Belizeans are combining their ingenuity and creativity in a united effort against the faceless silent enemy, COVID-19. And tonight manufacturer Karim Berges shows us two new products he's put on the market for medical practitioners and the public. Berges says he was inspired by the equipment of frontline workers featured on international news. Slingshot company on Baymen Avenue is normally busy branding every new building that goes up in the old capital or wrapping corporate vehicles, they've even created major signage for rock bands.

Police And The Sleeper Cell
And the Commissioner of police would probably want Slingshot to design him some kind of cell phone shield! For weeks he's been complaining that his officers are too caught in their screens and not the streets they should be watching. This came to a head after - at least the third murder happened on the same stretch of Orange Street that has seen three murders - and all that happened in the view of a fixed police patrol. But, instead, the cops were viewing their cell phones - and that's why the COPMOL has instituted a strict ceps phone usage policy for police. He told us about it yesterday:

Did ACP Alden Get A Special Break?
And speaking of cell phones, we asked the COMPOL if he had seen a cell phone video made by his Deputy COMPOL with a special guest appearing from his Assistant Commissioner Alden Dawson. Chester had to smile on that one: "Speaking of cellphones I'm sure you saw that very entertaining video from a narrator that sounds a lot like your deputy commissioner of police Mr. Edward Broaster. Was he talking about your commander of Eastern Division 1, ACP Alden Dawson?"

Haitian Killed In Ladyville, Property Dispute?
We may be in a national state of emergency brought on by COVID-19, but, that didn't stop a killer today. There was an early morning murder of a 57 year old in Ladyville. It happened in the La Milpa area. Cherisse Halsall headed to Ladyville to find out more about the murder of a Haitian who had built a life in Belize. It was 6 hours after the start of the national state of emergency when Haitian national Ramon Chesteral was murdered in the front yard of his newly built Ladyville home. His brother who has only been in Belize for two months and speaks no English discovered the body. The only man he could call was Charles Noel Ramon's best friend. Noel spoke to his this morning and told us that Ramon had wanted to tell him something but he never got to hear what it was.

25 Possible COVID Cases Under Investigation
At the top of the news, we had the most recent COVID numbers, with the total number of tests, and suspects cases. The new stats were recently posted.  Of that 115 screened, there are still only three positive tests, but we now know that there are 25 people under investigation, more than the 13 we told you about earlier.  

Bye Bye Boledo, Yu Numba Play!
Those three COVID-19 cases have triggered a soft national lockdown, which was so soft last night, that it still allowed boledo to be drawn.  31 played to the delight of many, but that's the last numbers joy they will have in a while.  That's because with an adjustment in the regulations for the state of emergency, lotteries and Games of chance have been suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.

AG Says Cops Should Have Arrested UDP Standard Bearer
No Boledo, and no exercise - at least up until earlier today when that was allowed. But, that exercise has to happen after 5:00 in the morning. But this morning it was not allowed and Dianne Finnegan went to walk at 4:15, which is when the police stopped her and sent her home. The Attorney General today said she should have been arrested:

All That Is Essential in April
And while the regulations have been adjusted to allow exercise after 5:00 AM, the regulations still remain super tight during the curfew. Basically, no one essential services or not will be allowed out during the curfew hours from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am. Here are those essential services:..

News Switches To Curfew Standard Time
And the media is included in those essential services which have to find their way home before 8:00.  That's why tomorrow night, the news will be starting at 6:00, not at 6:30 as we have done for the last 25 years.  News Director Jules Vasquez explains:..  Clarification, we have gotten zero passes so far.

Channel 5

News Five Live, Now to Start at 6:00 p.m.
We start tonight’s newscast, with the following matter. At eight o’clock tonight, enforcement of the national shutdown begins in earnest. In the past days, we have been trying our best [...]

To Date, 3 Cases of COVID-19 in Belize
As the one-month national curfew goes into effect at eight o’clock tonight, the good news is that there are no new addition cases of COVID-19.  The most recent samples carried [...]

Minister of National Security Outlines State of Emergency’s Regulations
Attorney General and Minister of National Security, Michael Peyrefitte was the featured guest on the Ask the Expert webcast today.  The hour-long programme was to talk about the regulations included [...]

AG Shares Amendments to S.I. Before it is Signed Off by the GG
As the situation evolves, Minister Michael Peyrefitte also noted that there are changes to the Statutory Instrument made by the National Oversight Committee. He explained the sections of two of [...]

No Boledo or Sunday Lottery Draw for Now
The nightly Boledo and Sunday Lottery Draw are staples in Belizean culture, but along with the thirty-day national state of emergency comes a suspension of all those games of chance [...]

List of Essential Services and Establishments Approved for Operation under State of Emergency
Essential services include national security. border management and immigration, customs, cabinet and national assembly members, medical and auxiliary services, vet services, ambulance services, public utility workers, private security services, social [...]

No Passes for First Week of State of Emergency!
On Wednesday, essential services employers were invited to submit two names of workers to operate during curfew hours of eight at night to five in the morning.  Well, those passes [...]

Curfew Kicked in Tonight at Eight
With a countrywide state of emergency now in effect, it was anticipated that all major streets and thoroughfares would be deserted, leaving cities, towns and even villages virtually abandoned.  But [...]

Public Must Work with Police During State of Emergency
The provisions within the statutory instrument governing the national state of emergency are still unclear for some persons, particularly where it concerns their movement during non-curfew hours.  The primary responsibility [...]

Popular Haitian Cabbie is Murdered in Ladyville
All across the country, people are hunkering down to avert the spread of COVID-19. But in Ladyville, a criminal was on the loose. A Haitian cab driver was murdered and [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Corozal
Up north in Corozal Town, lines formed at supermarkets and banks as residents conducted last minute shopping, prior to the start of the curfew. But on Wednesday, a few miles [...]

What’s Up With the Corozal Subvention from G.O.B.?
The economic slowdown is not only affecting central government, but the nine municipalities in the country. While G.O.B. can access international funding, the councils require funding for their recurrent expenses. [...]

Are Municipal Councils Essential Services?
Earlier you heard that municipalities are facing uncertainty on government subventions. Streams of revenue from traffic and property taxes are drying up and collections have dipped considerably. Under the state [...]

Chinese Association Donates Five Thousand Face Masks
An initial donation of five thousand face masks was made by the Belize Chinese Association to the police department, the Ministry of Health, as well as the Karl Heusner Memorial [...]

One Thousand Additional Masks for Police
According to ComPol Chester Williams, an additional one thousand reusable masks are being acquired through the assistance of a private businessman.   Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police “The protection of [...]

San Pedro Belize Express Donates Over $30,000 in Supplies to Caye Caulker & San Pedro
A number of companies and organizations are stepping up and joining in efforts to assist persons who are being impacted in some way by COVID-19.  Today, San Pedro Belize Express [...]

Mask Drive for Frontline Workers
Belize High School in Belize City along with St. Ignatius High School in Cayo are conducting a mask drive. More than one hundred and fifty masks have been collected. The masks are being distributed to frontline workers such as healthcare workers and police officers in Cayo, Belize City, and Caye Caulker Village.

Amandala

Murder in Ladyville
There was a murder this morning in Ladyville, in the Milpa area. The victim has been identified as a Hatian national, Raymond Cherestal.

Fisher Folks having a tough time
Today, the Fisheries Department announced that its offices in Belize City and Punta Gorda will be closed and that fishing activities will not be permitted outside of the declared curfew hours. This means that fisher folks will only be allowed to carry out fishing activities within 5 am and 8 pm.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Chinese Association donates medical masks to frontline workers
Today, the Belize Chinese Association (BCA) donated a total of 3,000 medical masks to frontline […]

Commissioner of Police addresses fellow officers on State of Emergency
Commissioner of the Belize Police Department (BPD), Chester Williams, has sent a video message to all […]

UDP clarifies misinformation about Boots Martinez leadership application
Social media went abuzz earlier today when word circulated that Anthony “Boots” Martinez had applied […]

Murder reported in PG on first night of curfew lockdown
Almost an hour ago a man was mudered in Punta Gorda, Toledo. He has been identified […]

San Ignacio will remind public of curfew with sirens
Tonight the people of Belize will experience the first countrywide curfew in light of the […]

Persons unemployed before Covid-19 shutdown can also get unemployment benefits
Belmopan Area Representative, John Saldivar, today posted to social media an update of who can benefit […]

Travellers Liquors continues to make Sani-Bel hand sanitizer available during state of emergency
While companies that produce wines and spirits are allowed to open during the state of emergency, […]

Employers asked to submit information of employees laid off
An Economic Oversight Team was established on March 16, 2020, to oversee the establishment and […]

Central Bank of Belize & Financial Intelligence Unit issue fraud alert regarding counterfeit money
By BBN Staf: The Central Bank of Belize and the Financial Intelligence Unit issued an alert to inform […]

Michael Peyrefitte: ‘Easter is canceled’ as movement is limited
Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte has apparently made it official: Easter is cancelled. Yes, […]

“Don’t blame me for no Boledo”: Attorney General
Attorney General and Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte says he cannot help anyone who […]

Belize Electricity Limited informs of new office hours
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) informed customers today that due to the Covid-19 threat, their offices […]

Over 1 million Covid-19 infections worldwide
As of today, over 1 million people worldwide have been infected with the novel coronavirus […]

Government informs suspension of ALL lotteries including games of chance and government lotteries
The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as the Ministry responsible for […]

Significant progress made toward COVID-19 vaccine
The race is on to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has […]

Ministry of Natural Resources closes offices as precautionary measure
In accordance with the precautionary measures implemented by the Government of Belize to contain the […]

Minister of Health: 12 additional tests returned negative
Minister of Health, Pablo Marin informed last night that the Central Medical laboratory performed 12 […]

Ladyville man shot and killed in early morning incident
Ladyville resident Raymond Cherestal, 53, was shot and killed sometime around 6:30 a.m. this morning […]

Home destroyed by fire in Dangriga
A home was destroyed by fire early this morning in Dangriga while another was partially […]

Boledo sale to be suspended says ComPol
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, in an appearance on KREM’s Wake Up Belize morning show, […]

Police investigating Ladyville shooting
Police are currently on the scene in the Milpa area of Ladyvillle investigating a reported […]

Blogs

Helping Belize Hotels from Afar
Belize’s tourism sector, along with the wider Caribbean region, has been hit hard financially as the novel coronavirus sweeps across the globe. In particular, properties in the hotel industry has had to lay off or furlough staff, or simply close their doors—potentially for good. If you’ve had a new destination or tried-and-true choice on your travel list, you can help hotels make it through this pandemic without leaving the comfort of home.

International Sourcesizz

(Reuters) - The Chinese city of Shenzhen has banned the eating of dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the emergence of the new coronavirus. en bans the eating of cats and dogs after coronavirus
Scientists suspect the coronavirus passed to humans from animals. Some of the earliest infections were found in people who had exposure to a wildlife market in the central city of Wuhan, where bats, snakes, civets and other animals were sold. “Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals, and banning the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is a common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan,” the city government said in an order posted on Wednesday.

CSU Predicts Busier-Than-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2020
The upcoming hurricane season is likely to be more active than usual, according to the April outlook from a team at Colorado State University that has been issuing seasonal hurricane predictions for decades. In its outlook issued Thursday, the CSU group is calling for a total of 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes, compared to the long-term average (1981-2010) of 12.1 named storms, 6.4 hurricanes, and 2.7 major hurricanes. The group is also projecting an accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) index of 150, compared to the long-term average of 106. This is only the fifth time in the 26-year history of CSU’s April forecasts that the team has called for at least 16 named storms. Of those four other years, all but one ended up producing at least 14 named storms.

When Can I Start Planning a Trip?
Most of us are staying at home. It might be because we’re under a government lockdown, quarantined because we are symptomatic, self-isolating after potential exposure, or just doing everything we can to #FlattenTheCurve. If you’re not at home, it’s most likely because you’re an essential worker keeping our society going as much as possible during the COVID crisis—thank you. While the only safe places to travel to right now are within your own home, balcony, and backyard, this is the perfect time for travel dreaming and planning. Scroll through Instagram (search for #TravelSomeday), get trip ideas, read inspiring travel stories, and maybe take a virtual trip to your dream destination. Here’s what you need to keep in mind for post-coronavirus travel.

Videos

  • Help is on its way...we are with you San Pedro and Caye Caulker, 4min.

  • Facebook Live with Stephanie M. Jones, min. Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 3 PM – 4 PM, Hosted by Heritage Education Network Belize. Tune in to our Tuesday Facebook live with Stephanie M. Jones at 3pm! Stephanie is the founder and CEO of CHAT South Florida and the keynote speaker at the 2019 BTB Annual Tourism Conference! As a successful tour operator, Stephanie is going to talk about how she is getting her company through these tough times AND about a new FREE initiative that allows tour guides and operators to create virtual tours and start pre-booking their trips. This is a great opportunity to join the live stream and ask any questions! 3pm Belize time on Tuesday, 7th of April, don't miss out!

  • Thursdays ASK THE EXPERTS, 51min. Today on "Ask the Experts", Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General and Minister of National Security, broke down and explained the measures implemented under Statutory Instrument No. 46 of 2020, which became effective today, April 2, 2020. The Attorney General also discussed amendments to the SI.

  • San Pedro BELIZE EXPRESS WATER TAXI DONATES ESSENTIALS TO CAYE CAULKER, 13min.

  • Cleaning Caye Caulker, 1/2min. This week the Caye Caulker Village Council members and staff also set up a cleaning system to clean fences and areas frequent by community members just to avoid the spread of any virus or bacteria at this time of the lurking pandemic of Covid-19. The mixture is soap, water and some bleach. If you see Tigga in your neighborhood, please offer him a drink he has been working very hard and we commend all his efforts.

  • San Pedro Belize Express Donation, 3.5min.

  • Hovering Over Punta Gorda Town Belize In the Indianville Area, 10min. Great Drone footage in town. Both Day and Night Footage available. Because of the State on Emergency there is no car travelling at night.

  • Belize - Kaye Caulker -, 3min. Voyage à Kaye Caulker, plongée en apnée avec un Lamantin, des raies, requins, et beaucoup d'autres...

  • 2020 Belize Mainland, 15min.

  • Belize Mittelamerika, 7min.

  • The FCD Youth Movement, 13min.
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