Belize Hotels suspend operations to remain free of COVID-19

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Belize hotels suspend operations to keep Belize COVID-19 free

On March 21st, many resorts checked out their last guests, restaurants served their last meals and tour operators did their last dives, for what is an unknown period of time while health officials across the world battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Belizean hospitality sector in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of its staff, guests, residents, towns, and villages is doing all it can to protect Belize from the imminent threat of COVID-19.

Below are just a few well-known establishments in Belize that have temporary closures as we all fight off COVID-19 even though it’s currently not present in Belize:

Hotels and Resorts

Ray Caye Island Resort

The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Victoria House

Mahogany Resort & Beach Club (effective March 24th, 2020)

Matachica Resort

Falling Leaves Resort

Black Orchid Resort

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

Restaurants & Tour Operators

Elvi’s Kitchen

Maxi’s

Sandy Toes Beach Bar & Grill

Blue Water Grill

Amigos Del Mar

Moho Caye, Offshore Placencia

Many other businesses are expected to temporarily close their operations this coming week.

Nevertheless, their Reservations teams remain in place to assist guests with any rebooking or new bookings in the summer months. A definitive closure period is unknown at this time, but all hotels are closely monitoring COVID-19.

Some COVID-19 Updates

To date, on March 22nd, 2020 Belize still remains the only country in The Americas that does not have any confirmed cases.  Testing in Belize has increased over the last week and will continue to increase as Belize is receiving more and more test kits.  So far, there is still no confirmed case and Belize is doing everything in its power to keep it that way.

On Saturday, March 22nd at midnight the Northern Border of Belize and Mexico was closed down.

On Monday, March 23rd, the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will close after its last flight departs, keeping all international visitors out of Belize and leaving no entry points open throughout the entire country. All international carriers have also suspended all flight service to Belize at this time.

Local airlines Tropic Air and Maya Island Air have suspended some local routes and  have limited schedules on essential travel routes in the country.

All residents, citizens and visitors are asked to remain self-isolated and to limit non-essential gatherings to no more than 25 people.

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