Today's Belize News: May 4, 2020 - 05/04/20 12:05 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
Stranded islanders allowed to travel back home with proof of residence
On Monday, May 4th, water taxi services from the mainland to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye are expected to resume for essential travel only. These runs cover only essential worker travel, the purchase of essential needs, attending medical appointments, emergencies and the return of care providers. The latest Statutory Instrument NO. 65 governing the State of Emergency, however, does not offer any provisions for people to return to their respective communities of origin. Regardless, personnel from The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Sunday, April 3rd that islanders stuck on the mainland can now travel back home, if they can provide evidence that they reside on the island.
Hope Haven continues to assist island families with essential goods during the pandemic
While Hope Haven Children’s Home and Empowerment Center’s mandate is to look after children placed in their care by the Department of Human Services, they have always risen to the occasion of assisting the community in times of need. As uncertainty continues to hover over the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, here on Ambergris Caye Non-Governmental Organizations like Hope Haven continue to work tirelessly to take care of those most affected by this threat that has paralyzed the economic sector on the island.
Various Belizean Sources
#14 RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENT
COVID UPDATE: This is our data for Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. We have one more recovered patient and we anticipate that the other two patients will recover later on this week.
R Tillett Family Bus Schedule
The following is an Update for our runs starting Monday May 4th, 2020: 1. Village bus 5:15 AM August Pine Ridge, 5:25 AM Trinidad, 5:30 AM San Lazaro, 5:35 AM Yo Creek and 5:45 AM Orange Walk.
Online meeting to present CFA Coaches Database
Good day Club Owners/Managers and Coaches, Our office trusts that you and your family have been taking preventative measures during this pandemic and hopes all is going well. Our office takes this opportunity to invite you to an online webinar on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:00pm, this is to update you, the stakeholders; regarding the CFA Database of coaches. Your participation is important. Present at the webinar will be CFA Executive & Staff, Referees, and FFB Technical Director Mr. Marin. Please confirm your participation by Monday, May 4, 2020 at 4:00pm. We will be sending you the link to the meeting and the password.
Reopening of Electoral Registration Offices and Limits
The Department of Elections and Limits informs the public that all Registration Offices across the country will be open to the public from Monday, May 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To ensure that we continue to provide efficient services while protecting staff and the public, everyone's cooperation is required. Due to COVID-19, services will be provided in accordance with strict security measures established by the Government of Belize. Social distancing protocols will be strictly applied when services are provided.
Monday's 'Ask the Experts'
Tune in to 'Ask the Experts' today, May 4th, at 1:00 p.m. Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General & Minister of National Security, will join us. Remember to ask your questions during the live stream.
Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen Monday Location
Monday, May 4th Meal Pick ups: Location: Bondi Bar & Bistro Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am Bahia: 11:45am - 12: 30pm thanks for bringing your containers and bags!
Caye Caulker Chinese Community donates 250 bags of groceries
The Caye Caulker Village Council sincerely express gratitude to the Caye Caulker Chinese Community for donating 250 bags of groceries to the Caye Caulker Community. We are going off lists to ensure the kind and genuine assistance of the business community is not abused by some. All persons names are being cross checked on lists to ensure that some help can be spread to all, and for as long as possible. No one knows how long we will feel the economical impacts of Covid-19 since our main source of income is tourism. We ask for your kind understanding and appreciation with the assistance given by the entire Caye Caulker Business Community.
KW Belize Food Drive 2020
Every year, the 2nd Thursday of the Month of May; all the Keller Williams Agents World-wide go out into their communities to give back. This year is so important as we all get through this COVID-19 environment together. Since Belize borders are closed and the country has been quarantined and under curfew, people are not working and need food. Please donate anything you can to help us fight hunger in Belize. Any size donation will help.
El Fogon will reopen for takeout starting today
We appreciate all our loyal customers that reached out to us to express how much they missed our food during our time away due to this unfortunate circumstance we are facing. It is with this medium that we are happy to inform you that we will be open May 4th 2020 from 7:30am-4:00pm for take outs. You can call or send a text to 6326701 to place your orders. We ask that you please wear your mask when picking up your order. Thanks in advance and we look forward to serving you.
There were 62 SOE violation arrests on Saturday
"On Saturday 2nd May, 2020 62 persons were arrested and charged countrywide for various offenses under the Emergency Powers Regulations. In addition, 1 person was summoned for unable to provide a reasonable explanation for movement outside of curfew. Breach of curfew- 27 persons Failure to wear a cloth mask or other face (mouth) covering whilst in public- 15 persons...
Belizeans Detained at Corozal Border
A group of Belizeans were captured and detained at the Corozal border yesterday after they were found re-entering the country illegally. It is reported that the group went to Chetumal to buy groceries and were nabbed by authorities upon re-entering the country. Due to the State of Emergency, all points of entry are currently closed and illegal crossings are punishable by law. Authorities say the group will be quarantined and fined.
House burns down
A house with all its contents, valued at $200,000 was destroyed by fire late Saturday night. According to owner Deon Ferguson, he had been in San Pedro since April 15, leaving his 40' x 40' plycem home at #11 Cet Site unattended. He got a call late Friday night telling him that the structure was on fire. Fire Department personnel are investigating the cause of the fire. Neither the home nor the contents was insured.
Clothing and cosmetic stores are allowed to reopen tomorrow says Compol Williams
Earlier tonight Commissioner of Police (Compol), Chester Williams, confirmed via Facebook that garment (clothing) and […]
Francis and Lowani Mena shot in Dangriga
Earlier tonight we reported that two persons had been shot in the Benguche area of […]
Two reportedly shot in Dangriga
Information to our newsroom is that two people were just shot in Dangriga, Stann Creek. […]
Another patient recovers from COVID-19
Today the Office of the Director of Health Service issued an infographic which revealed that […]
Updated State of Emergency Regulations – What you need to know
Statutory Instrument no.65 came into effect on May 1, effectively relaxing some of the restrictions […]
Elections and Boundaries Registration offices will re-open
The Elections and Boundaries Department informed today that all Registration offices countrywide will be open […]
Over 60 people arrested for State of Emergency violations- more than 10 arrested for not wearing masks
The Belize Police Department arrested 62 people yesterday for violating the State of Emergency (SOE) […]
Shipping container lost to fire
Just before midnight a fire was reported at the corner of South Creek and Central American […]
Still no Boledo
Before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in many respects, many Belizeans looked forward […]
Home burns down in Gungulung
Last night a fire consumed a home in the Cet Site area of Belize City […]
Eating Vegan While in Belize
Is it possible to find delicious vegan food in Belize? Will you be able to sample the local cuisine while staying plant-based? Fortunately, the answer to both these questions is yes! Here are some classic Belizean dishes that can fit a vegan diet:
Things To Do In Belize (Belize Travel Guide)
As the Belize tourism board boasts – Belize is unBelizeable! While relatively unknown to the general public, divers from all over the world discovered Belize as a destination decades ago. Located on Central America’s Caribbean coast, Belize offers the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. A short flight from major airports in the US and Canada is all that separates visitors from this tropical paradise.
5 Can’t Miss Things To Do In Belize
BELIZE IS A STUNNING AND DIVERSE LITTLE COUNTRY ON THE CARIBBEAN COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA. ORIGINALLY A BRITISH COLONY; ENGLISH IS COMMONLY SPOKEN AND THE COUNTRY STILL FALLS UNDER BRITISH LAW. WEATHER YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR BEACHES, WATERFALLS, CAVING OR MAYAN RUINS; BELIZE IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! KEEP READING FOR OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN BELIZE.
'A second sense of grief': coronavirus hits cultural travel boom for black Americans
Losses threaten Caribbean and African nations where travel had become a growing industry, spurred by cultural and heritage links. Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon sat on a private island off the coast of Belize for her next travel story, she found it odd that more and more passengers wore masks at the airport. When trips were suddenly cancelled, the Jet Set Sarah blog owner accepted a new reality for travel had been created by coronavirus. “It was a shock, the old normal is completely gone and will never return,” she said, doubtful about being “back on a plane before October”.
Some Caribbean Nations See A Silver Lining In The Coronavirus Fight
Several Caribbean nations are showing positive signs that they are flattening the curve of the dreaded new coronavirus, a silver lining for a region that has seen its tourism dependent economy crushed by the pandemic. The number of new coronavirus cases has now been zero in over 20 islands for several days now as two have reported all cases have fully recovered from the virus. Additionally, three Caribbean countries now rank in the top 10 list of nations prepared to lift physical distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic globally according to the first ever response tracker tool created by the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on the preparedness. The three countries ranking high globally from the Caribbean region are Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and Barbados.
Royal Caribbean CEO agrees to the CDC’s terms for disembarking crew stuck on ships
Royal Caribbean International cruise line employees who’ve felt imprisoned on cruise ships during a standoff between the cruise line and the CDC might soon be emancipated, according to a Sunday letter from Royal Caribbean International’s CEO. Michael Bayley’s emailed letter to those employees said RCI executives would sign the Centers for Disease Control’s terms for disembarking crew. The letter also detailed plans for getting crew members to their home nations.
Why Modern Fishing Is a Catch-and-Release Game
I am a statue gliding over a bleached flat, stiffened by salt and wind and sun. In the water ahead of me, a silver knife cuts the surface and in a moment I am casting from the skiff, the fly streaking through the sharp Belize sky, the blisters on my hands forgotten. Sixty feet of line and months of preparation hang in the air. I square my shoulders and flex my knees. And I wait. Good fishing stories ideally end with a fish. But the stories have changed in recent years, the romance of fishing evolving from brutish grappling matches on the open ocean (picture the conquered marlin, mounted in mid-leap on the wall, a reminder of the strength of the contest) to something faster, more precise, yet altogether more considered.
With No Tourists, Australian Scuba Tours Are Planting Coral Instead
In Australia, snorkeling and scuba diving tours of the Great Barrier Reef have been suspended until further notice. While many touring companies have simply closed their doors and sent everyone home, there are a few that are using its resources and man-power to help repair the reefs in their area. The family-owned tour company, Passions of Paradise, has volunteered to assist scientists by planting coral on the Great Barrier Reef. They have donated their state-of-the-art catamaran, Passions III, to take four crew members and one scientist to Hastings Reef for the Coral Nurture Program.