Sunday, July 21, 2024

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Changes to COVID-19 regulations include new curfew and measures for travelers from Africa region

As of Monday, December 6th, the new curfew is (as per Sunday through Thursday) is 11PM to 4AM and Fridays and Saturdays midnight to 4AM. Minors are not allowed to be on the streets after 8PM, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The other amendment will affect travelers entering the country from at least eight African countries following the new COVID-19 variant Omicron announcement.

New measures starting October 1st now ban the use of certain face masks/coverings

A set of regulations to combat COVID-19 will come into effect on Friday, October 1st, under a new Statutory Instrument (SI). Some of these new measures will prohibit neck gaiters, commonly known as buffs, or any type of mask exposing only part of the face. The SI also mandates anyone accessing government-owned buildings to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. This also applies to persons working at these places. If they are not vaccinated or cannot produce a negative test, they will not be allowed to enter for work.

Announcement of SI No. 80 of 2021

Amendments outlined in the new SI include changes to the curfew hours which will now be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily. Minors are to remain within the confines of private property during the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

New COVID-19 regulations provide updates on sports and increase restaurants’ indoor seating capacity

On the evening of Friday, May 7th, the Government of Belize issued new COVID-19 regulations addressing sporting events and allowing restaurants to increase their indoor capacity of seated guests.

New SI relaxes curfew on weekends; casinos re-open

The current curfew has been amended. On Fridays and Saturdays, the curfew will be from midnight to 5AM and from Sundays to Thursdays from 10PM to 5AM. The update is part of the new Statutory Instrument (SI) which goes into effect on Thursday, April 15th.

Indefinite SI hurting tourism business on Ambergris Caye

San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye is considered a law-abiding community adhering to the government's regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19. The current Statutory Instrument (SI), which was introduced before Christmas with tight regulations on curfews and alcohol sales, is causing problems in tourism areas and taking a toll on businesses on Ambergris Caye. Several island residents are appealing to the government to amend these regulations before they are forced to shut their businesses down, adding to the country's unemployment.

Important notes on recent COVID-19 regulations

The current new Statutory Instrument (SI) regarding the COVID-19 regulations came into effect on Sunday, December 20th, and will remain in effect until further notice. The SI introduced a new curfew and limits inter-district travel, particularly from the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. There is also a restriction on public transportation capacity by 50%, the sale of alcohol, and new fines for employers and employees for violations against the regulations. These new regulations were approved to reduce the number of infections, given the fact that during the Christmas season, people tend to engage in large gatherings.

Establishments not adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations will be penalized

The new Statutory Instrument regarding the COVID-19 laws only permits open-air restaurants to offer dine-in services. Those restaurants with only indoor dining can only offer takeout or/drive-thru/ services. Failure to abide by this rule and others, such as inforcing proper hand hygiene, can lead to the closure of the establishment.