In an effort to keep Belize and future visitors safe, effective May 1st, 2020, everyone in public is now required to wear a face mask. The Government of Belize is taking the new standard of social distancing up a level. Notably, a violation of the rules is punishable by the law. If someone is found in any of the locations listed in the Statutory Instrument (SI) 65, without a mask, the following will be implemented as outlined on page 20 of SI 65.
“Every person who contravenes or incites or attempts to incite any other person to contravene commits an offense. Disobeying regulations is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) BZD or to imprisonment for two (2) years.”
These measures, which may seem harsh, are only an effort to continue to safely contain the COVID-19 virus in Belize. The new requirements are bound to make face masks an inescapable sight in Belize for the foreseeable future. Additionally, they could also introduce a level of mutual obligation and civic duty. Wearing face masks in public is more firmly established in Asia than in the West.
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