Belize Relaxes Face Mask Mandate: No Masks Needed on Golf Carts

by Carolee Chanona

With Belize’s latest Statutory Instrument No.54, the Government has announced relaxed restrictions, which include making face masks optional on open-air vehicle types, including motorcycles, golf carts, and any similar motor vehicle.  This amendment to SI No.54 Regulation 5(2)(d) is effective as of May 19, 2021. Belize continues to slowly near its COVID-19 vaccine goal alongside 5 new infections on average each day; as such, face masks must still be part of daily life. As of May 18, approximately 54,909 persons have been vaccinated in Belize.

In addition to a relaxed mask mandate on open-air vehicle types, there is an update to national curfew hours.

The new curfew hours are as follows:
  • Sunday to Wednesday, during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.; and
  • Thursday to Saturday, during the hours of 12:00 midnight to 5:00 a.m.

In a slowly reopening world, global leaders have outlined the nearing end to this pandemic; with every vaccine issued, we get closer. Every time you wear your mask properly, we get closer. Keep it up, and we’ll get there even quicker. Please note that the laws of Belize mandate that persons over the age of six (6) years old are required to wear a face mask in public, and can be denied service/entry in a private business without one. Now, face masks aren’t needed while driving golf carts in Belize.

Header image courtesy Sunset Caribe/Duarte Dellarole Photography

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