Will You Need to Wear a Face Mask on Vacation in Belize?

by Carolee Chanona

Essentially, yes. While Belize’s close proximity to North America makes it a poised destination to visit once travel reopens, the country continues to enforce measures against the spread of COVID-19. That includes the required use of face masks in Belize, including for those on vacation. With tourism being a primary market, Belize aims to communicate to guests who want to come and have fun and also need to be as safe as possible. For those looking to spend future holiday time in Belize for fresh air and sunshine, be sure to pack a face mask alongside your flip-flops.

Face Masks and Social Distancing 

While Belize has seen a gradual relaxation of restrictions during COVID-19, the country continues to implement social distancing and face masks. All these layers are measures of protection, especially with Belize reporting only 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of June 15, 2020. Though the international airport was closed on March 23, all citizens in Belize must wear a face mask in public, as of May 1. Social distancing in Belize is observed as 6 feet apart.

Where you need to wear a face mask in Belize:

  • In every public place, public space, or public office or building – you must wear a face mask. Or, another covering for your nose and mouth. Children under the age of six years old are not required to wear a face mask or covering.
  • As an employee of any business or office that offers services to the public. Or who, on account of their work, have constant interaction with the public.
  • On public transportation, for the entire duration of the travel. Additionally, if you are not wearing a mask or covering, you may be subjected to refusal of boarding.
  • Inside of Casinos and Gaming Establishments at all times
  • For the entire duration of Church and other Places of Worship

Where you can go without a face mask in Belize:

  • During exercise or any sporting activity, such as running, jogging, and cycling; persons of the same group are also not required to practice social distancing while swimming
  • Inside of your private vehicle
  • Open-air restaurants for dining

Belize’s state of emergency will expire on June 30, 2020, and is not expected to be extended. While planning your Belize vacation, expect to pack a face mask too.

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