As of August 20, Belize is maintaining most existing travel and business restrictions related to COVID-19; however, some revisions have been made to the nationwide curfew hours. Highly targeted, stricter measures are in place in areas that have higher local disease activity; as of Aug. 20, these areas are still Ambergris Caye (Belize District) and the villages of Santa Martha, Shipyard, and Guinea Grass (Orange District).
The nationwide curfew has been tightened and is being imposed from 8:00 pm to 4:59 am Sunday-Thursday and from 10:00 pm – 4:59 am Friday and Saturdays across most areas. The 8:00 pm – 4:59 am curfew will be applied daily in the areas of Ambergris Caye, Santa Martha, Shipyard, and Guinea Grass. In all areas, persons under the age of 16 are not permitted outside or in public spaces from 6:00 pm until the start of the curfew unless accompanied by an adult. No one is permitted to leave their homes during curfew hours except for emergencies.
Nationwide Measures as of August 17
Across the whole country, regardless of the degree of restrictions, all persons aged five or older must wear protective face coverings at all times. That is, except while in private residences; exercising or engaged in any sporting activity; driving alone or with only immediate family members; riding motorcycles or bicycles, or seated at restaurants. Nо mоrе thаn 10 реrѕоnѕ саn ѕосіаllу gаthеr tоgеthеr аt аnу gіvеn tіmе. All persons are also required to adhere to social distancing of 6 feet.
Across most of the country, except Ambergris Caye, Santa Martha, Shipyard, and Guinea Grass, all approved businesses are required to close one hour before the start of the curfew. Outdoor exercise is permitted provided social distancing measures are maintained. However, competitive sporting events and recreational contact sports are still. All bars, rum shops, discotheques, night clubs, casinos, and gaming establishments are to remain closed.
Special Measures: Ambergris Caye, Santa Martha, Shipyard, and Guinea Grass
Unauthorized travel to and from these areas is not permitted. Only essential and critical businesses and services may operate, including fuel stations, food manufacturers, agricultural and aquaculture operations, essential services, markets, bakeries and tortilla factories, pharmacies, food and beverage stores, and financial institutions including banks. These businesses may only operate 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Outside the curfew hours, residents may only leave their homes to purchase essential goods, attend to medical or veterinary needs, for emergencies, to provide essential business and services, or to provide care to sick, disabled, or elderly persons or children.
All ports of entry in Belize remain closed except for cargo shipments and emergency transportation. Belizean citizens and permanent residents of Belize are permitted to return to the country; however, any returning residents may be subject to a period of mandatory quarantine at the discretion of the government.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands).