COVID-19 in Belize and Corozal
For Corozal Hospital info on Facebook, Corozal Community Hospital
For MOH info on Facebook, Ministry of Health Belize
For MOH info on COVID-19, email
Or call 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273).
If you have symptoms in the Corozal District, call 625-6667 or 660-1115
Note: Many businesses and services are closed or restricted temporarily due to COVID-19. It’s best to call ahead to check, if possible.
This page is being built to focus on efforts to deal with the COVID-19 virus, especially by Belize and Corozal.
The DOE calls on all persons to discontinue this harmful practice of burning waste in and near communities, whether in towns, cities or villages, private or public properties, to maintain air quality for all residents, especially at this critical time. For full info, click on the small image, or the title above. From Government of Belize Press Office.
General quarantine, including limiting gatherings to 10 persons or less with at least 3 feet of distance between persons, social distancing, bus seating and sanitizing, closure of casinos, gambling establishments, spas, beauty salons, barber shops, gyms, sporting complexes, discotheques, bars, nite clubs, and restaurants and similar establishments (except take out). For full details, click on the small image or the title above. Or see Government of Belize Press Office.
Limited public transport services will allow seated passengers only, and seats and metal surfaces will be sanitized often. Click on the small image or the title above to read the details. Or see Government of Belize Press Office.
On 24 March the Corozal Community Hospital released this very tall image with important information for Corozaleños regarding their services during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, Facebook scaled it so small it was very difficult to read. We transcribed it into text that is much easier to read. Click on the small image or the title above to read the text, there is also a link there to the original post if you want to compare.
This post outlines postal services affected by COVID-19, including inland mail services, domestic mail service, foreign mail service, express mail service, and social distancing. See Government of Belize Press Office.
Several countries including Nigeria and the United States have reported chloroquine poisonings as a result of self-medication. Please be advised that both drugs have been linked to electrocardiogram changes which can be detrimental, especially in patients with pre-existing heart conditions. Side effects include liver injury and eye damage among others. See Government of Belize Press Office.
Cargo vessels are authorized to provide cargo service to the island. The prohibition has been lifted with conditions. For details, see Government of Belize Press Office.
Suspended until further notice: Applications for: Belize passport (except if needed for emergency travel), Nationality, Permanent residence, Visas (except when needed to obtain extensions to maintain legal status in Belize). For details see Government of Belize Press Office.
This includes Prenatal and Postnatal services, Family planning services, Vaccines, Papsmears/VIA. Regular services will be discontinued at the Corozal MCH due to the current COVID-19 preventative measures. Patients will be visited at home or contacted via phone by the nurses. Pregnant women with appointments for gynaecologist will be seen on Thursdays unless informed that such services are no longer offered. See Corozal Community Hospital.
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.
Additionally, with immediate effect, all bars, clubs, and casinos countrywide will be closed. Restaurants will be closed for dining-in effective Wednesday, March 25th at 11:59 p.m. Thereafter, only take-out services will be allowed.
Breaking Belize News reports on a press conference by PM Dean Barrow, saying that the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in San Pedro, a Belizean national returning home from L.A. on Thursday, and in self-isolation. Also, about 60 Cuban doctors will arrive starting next week to help.
At least one private entity is claiming to be conducting rapid testing for COVID-19. As of today, no such test has been validated for use with COVID-19. The MOH does not recommend them but will publish data when there are such resources. See Office of Director of Health Services.
The public is advised that only the Government of Belize can restrict the movement of Belizeans within Belize. Unless such restriction is enacted by the Government, municipal bodies should refrain from doing so. Any entity found guilty of doing such will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. Also note that it is not within the purview of any municipality to institute a mandatory curfew. This can only be done by the Government of Belize. See Government of Belize Press Office.
Generally, all borders are closed to travellers. Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize, foreigners with legal residency in Belize are allowed to enter but may be subject to a 14-day quarantine to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19. No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing cargo. See Government of Belize Press Office.
You will note that despite not having a confirmed case, we have moved as a country to implement actions from stages 1-3 and this will be scaled up as we move along so please remain alert and attentive to any further information in this regard. For now, if you are ill, please stay at home. We encourage all to continue to practice safe hygienic practices to/from work, at work and at home. See Office of Director of Health Services.
Quarantine involves separating persons who may have been in contact with the virus. Persons in quarantine are well. They have no symptoms. Isolation involves separating those who are sick from persons who are not ill. Both measures are taken to protect the public and prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Ministry of Health Belize.
The MOH was notified of an American national who was in Belize and tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. after departing Belize one week ago. See Government of Belize Press Office.
Stay away from mass gatherings. Keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 meters — about one body length — away from other people. Avoid touching other people, and that includes handshakes. Social distancing slows down the spread of the coronavirus, which keeps our resources available to those in need. See Government of Belize Press Office.
Adults: Drink more water, avoid sugary food and drinks. Wash hands before preparing food. Clean and sanitize food preparation areas and items. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, if you are unable to wash, peel. Use natural seasonings and spices such as onion, garlic and ginger. See Ministry of Health Belize.
Northern border will close for traveling at 11:59pm Saturday 21 March. Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport will be closed after last scheduled flight on Monday 23 March. Social gatherings limited to 25 people. For more details, see the post GOB Press Office
The Ministry of Natural Resources offices nationwide will reopen Monday, March 23rd. Also, the Land Registry Department, the National Hydrological Service, and Mining Unit will be available online, and soon, the National Estate Section. The public can also utilize direct deposit payment. See Government of Belize Press Office.
Includes: keep your throat moist, sip water every 15 minutes, hold a deep breath, use homemade Tito’s Vodka hand sanitizer, breathe hot air from a hair dryer, gargle with salt water or vinegar, use garlic water.
A good list of general disinfecting guidelines and the best use of bleach, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and other chemicals for disinfecting.