Filter for Belize Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All travelers to Belize will be required to adhere to health and safety measures implemented by the Government of Belize, which include social distancing, hand sanitization, proper hygiene and the wearing of face masks in public spaces.
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2020-08-15 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Passengers are encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Belize, and those that provide certification of a negative test result will be allowed immediate entry via a "fast track" lane.
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2020-08-15 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Passengers that do not provide a negative COVID-19 test must test upon arrival at their own expense.
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2020-08-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
A negative result will allow entry, while a positive result will place the passenger in mandatory quarantine for a minimum period of fourteen days at their expense.
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2020-08-15 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
Passengers traveling to Belize will be required to download the Belize Health App and complete the required information prior to boarding the flight to Belize.
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2020-08-15 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
A QR code with a unique ID number will be allocated to each passenger, and will be used for contact tracing while in Belize.
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2020-08-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Belize will open its international airport on August 15, 2020, as part of the country’s five-phase re-opening strategy for tourism.
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2020-06-11 Out Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
The Belize government announced that the state of emergency will not be extended beyond its expiration on June 30
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2020-06-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
number of people permitted for social gatherings has now been increased to 100 and sporting events may resume so long as social distancing protocols are obeyed
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2020-06-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Gyms and spas, in addition to public parks, are also allowed to reopen
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2020-06-11 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
changes to the curfew period which is now from 22:00 to 08:00 (local time) between Sundays and Thursdays, and from 00:00 to 08:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
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2020-05-26 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
State of emergency to remain in place until June 30
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2020-05-20 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
exercise allowed from 5am-8am
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
, daycares are permitted to operate
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
effective immediately, all persons conducting business at any office countrywide are required to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose, practice good hand hygiene, and adhere to social distancing protocols. refusal to enter for non compliance
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2020-05-03 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Re-Opening of Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices
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2020-05-02 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Government offices have re-opened
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2020-05-02 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Sunday curfew has been lifted
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2020-05-02 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
domestic public transport by land, air, and sea, resumed for essential workers and for essential purposes
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2020-05-02 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All passengers are required to wear a facemask.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
some businesses allowed to reopen; laundromats, insurance compamnies
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2020-04-26 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
public advised to report overcrowiding of transportation
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2020-04-26 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
transportation operators and all those traveling on transportation must wear masks
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2020-04-24 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Closure of COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program Online Portal
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
food pantry schedule
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2020-04-13 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
extension of self-quarantine period to 21 days
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2020-04-11 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
enhanced surveillance activities and mapping exercises as it aims to contain further cases of COVID-19.
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
national days of prayer and fasting from April 10 to April 12
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2020-04-09 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
no movement out of Cayo district
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2020-04-09 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
people only to go out for food and essential needs; fuel, financial institutions, exercise, veterinary or medical attention, caregivers/ essential workers going to/from work; waste disposal, maintenance and housekeeping. Nonessential businesses can’t be open; farms continue to operate, fishers continue to fish; no public transportation in or out of district; no busitos in the district; taxis allowed if called but should not loiter
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
restrictions on travels along waterways within hte country: only for commercial fishing, port operatiosn and services, waste disposal, vessels chartered for transporting essential service workers during state of emergency
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2020-04-07 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
curfew from 20:00-4:59 for adults and 16:00-5:59 for children all districts
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2020-04-07 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Cayo district on lockdown for 14 days, people only to go out for food and essential needs; fuel, financial institutions, exercise, veterinary or medical attention, caregivers/ essential workers going to/from work; waste disposal, maintenance and housekeeping. Nonessential businesses can’t be open; farms continue to operate, fishers continue to fish; no public transportation in or out of district; no busitos in the district; taxis allowed if called but should not loiter
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2020-04-05 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
all borders closed to entry of Belizean nationals
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2020-04-03 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
eServices citizens portal for unemployment relief program
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2020-04-03 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program: employees/self-employed people who have lost their jkobs and income as a result of the pandemic on the economy will receive $150 every two weeks over a 12 week period. Persons who would have been unemployed prior to onset of the pandemic will receive $100 every two weeks over a 12 week . Restricted to Belizean nationals over 18 years old who do not receive other social benefits
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
suspension of all lotteries
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2020-04-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
all public offices closed to public
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2020-04-01 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
issuance of extensions is suspended until further notice due to the current restrictions on movement as a result of COVID-19.
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2020-04-01 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
curfew implemented from 2000 to 0500 (local time), beginning on Wednesday, April 1.
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2020-04-01 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Police have been given powers to question those violating the orders and those found to be in violation may face possible prosecution
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2020-04-01 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Under the new SoE measures, no one will be allowed to leave their homes except for specific reasons, including buying essential goods, attending medical appointments or to work in essential services
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
government of Belize has declared a nationwide state of emergency for 30 days
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Nationwide state of emergency
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2020-04-01 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
restrict movement of essential workers within 20:00 - 4:59
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2020-03-31 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
COVID-19 Guidelines for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
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2020-03-29 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
effective immediately, any Belizean entering Belize from any country through any official port of entry or caught attempting to enter via any blind spot will be placed in a mandatory quarantine centre designated by the Quarantine Authority of Belize. Persons will be placed into quarantine at their own cost, which may be up to $110 per day for accommodation and three meals. (after border closure)
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2020-03-27 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
no burning household waste
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
all jury trials suspsnended to further notice
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2020-03-26 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
limit to no more than 10; fine/imprisonment or both
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2020-03-26 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
closure of businesses and restrictions on social gatherings; closures of markets and other public spaces ; penalty of fine/imprisonment/both
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
suspension of foreign mail service; only accepting outgoing mails to USA; only shipping out on Wednesdays
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Warning Against the Use of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Public transport service to be limited to seated passengers only. No excess passengers will be allowed.The interior of all buses including seats and metal surfaces such as handrails must be sanitized before departing each bus terminal along the route.
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2020-03-24 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
elective surgeries cancelled to further notice, restrictions on hospital visitation
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2020-03-24 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
cancellation of prohibition of sailing cargo vessels in Ambergris Caye
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2020-03-24 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Temporary Suspension of Immigration Services
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
weekly live webcast q&a on covid 19 launched by ministry of health
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City, the country’s only international airport, has been closed since Monday, March 23
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Goldson International Airport will be closed effective Monday, March 23rd, after the last scheduled flight departs. Measures only apply to the movement of people and do not apply to cargo trucks or cargo planes.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Ministry of Health Activates National Surveillance Team to Monitor New Strain of Coronavirus
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2020-03-23 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
State of Emergency Declared for Ambergris Caye. Residents of Ambergris Caye are being placed under mandatory quarantine. People will not be allowed to leave or return to the island over the next 72 hours. Leaving home is highly discouraged unless completely unavoidable. Unauthorized vessels will be banned from leaving or arriving to the island.
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2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
all borders closed, does not apply to cargo, Belizean nationals, diplomats residing in Belize, and foreigners with legal residency may enter Belize. may be subject to a period of 14 days in quarantine to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19.
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2020-03-21 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
the Northern Border of Belize, which includes the Corozal Free Zone, will be closed for traveling but will remain open for cargo transportation. This means that only Belizean nationals, residents, and diplomats residing in Belize will be allowed entry into Belize subject to inspection and possible quarantine for 14 days. Similarly, the Northern Border will be closed for nationals and residents wishing to travel outside of Belize except for emergencies.
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2020-03-20 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
limit gatherings to 25. This limit does not apply to places of employment that should have business protocols for social distancing and business continuity plans in place.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
all schools will be closed for 14 days which will lead right into the Easter break.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Effective immediately, social gatherings will be limited to 100 people. These include indoor and outdoor gatherings
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Belize is prohibiting entry into Belize by nationals of the following countries and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe, including the United Kingdom.
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
close all ports of entry in Belize for passengers and only leave the Santa Elena Border (northern border) and the Philip Goldson International Airport open. So, all other ports of entries – the western, southern and any other small border points will be closed. This does not apply to cargo vessels.
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Appropriations Bill will be passed and will include an additional BZ$25M loan to be used as relief for employees affected by this crisis, especially those in the tourism industry. Two percent of the recurrent budget will be allocated to assist with repayment of the BZ$25M and is expected to be recovered through cost savings measures across all ministries.Belize will be finalizing discussions with the international financial institutions to receive US$20M in emergency relief funding. Loan extensions from banks. Encouraging banks to provide grace periods. Encouragin financial insititutions to refinance loans. reduce risk weights for tourism based loans. cut interest rates on domestic loans
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Economic Oversighrt Team
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All Belizean nationals and residents returning to Belize through any point of entry from any of the restricted countries or an area where community infection and spread is present will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health.
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Belizean nationals or residents returning to Belize who have been abroad and believe that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their local healthcare provider. Non-essential travel by Belizean nationals and residents to other countries is highly discouraged.
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Belizean nationals or residents returning to Belize who have been abroad and believe that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their local healthcare provider.
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Nationals and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe will be prohibited entry into Belize. This restricted travel list of countries will be continuously monitored and updated as necessary.
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2020-03-14 In Public health measures: General recommendations
issued a warning letter for unauthorized products that are being advertised to treat or cure COVID-19
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2020-03-13 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
that all foreigners arriving from the following countries be placed under quarantine at their own expense: China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Any national returning from these countries, and from cities in the United States that have documented community spread, will be placed under quarantine.
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All nationals coming from an area with ongoing transmission who land in Belize and appear with cold or flu-like symptoms will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and all cost related to that will be the responsibility of the traveler.
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: General recommendations
The Ministry strongly advises persons to avoid non-essential travel to any country that has local spread of COVID-19. For now, these countries include China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Singapore, and South Korea
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Nationals coming from affected countries
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2020-02-28 In Public health measures: General recommendations
general hygiene recommendations
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2020-02-25 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Health Regions have been advised to identify and prepare isolation areas within health facilities
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2020-02-08 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all travelers who have been in China within 14 days immediately prior to arrival in Belize be denied entry.
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2020-02-04 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
national surveillance meeting with all the regional surveillance teams to provide an update on the global and regional situations of the Novel Coronavirus (2019 - nCoV). including persons from the National Emergency Management Organization, Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, PAHO Belize office and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority.
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2020-01-23 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
National Surveillance Team, headed by the Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero, participated in a virtual meeting hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) to discuss the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. Twenty other Caribbean member states also participated in the meeting.
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