COVID-19 Older Information

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Or call 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273).
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Note: Many businesses and services are closed or restricted temporarily due to COVID-19. It’s best to call ahead to check, if possible.

For Recent COVID-19 Information, click here.
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Updated COVID-19 Response Measures

Transcript of the press conference with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on May 29, 2020. He previewed an amended S.I. to take place just after midnight on June 1st. It will include minor changes, ALL including social distancing and other restrictions. So the S.I. will allow social gatherings to 40 instead of 10, tacos and other street vendors, restaurants in addition to open air, Boleto, casinos (without smoking or alcohol), gyms, some sports including fishing, exercising other than 5am to 8am, and curfew hours reduced a little on Fridays and Saturdays. See Source. Posted 29 May 2020

Assisted Voluntary Return Program

Are you a Belizean stranded in a neighboring country? IOM, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Belize can help you to go back home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 May 2020

COVID-19 Regional Update

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Data for the Central American region up until yesterday. All countries continue to report increasing numbers except for Costa Rica and Nicaragua. See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 May 2020

Repatriation for Displaced Belizeans Abroad

This notice gives the process for applying for permission to return to Belize, including the application and screening forms, the approval process, booking your travel, and sending confirmation to the Govt of Belize. Do NOT attempt to travel to Belize without approval. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 May 2020

COVID-19 Regional Update

This is the regional update as numbers continue to rise in countries all around. Costa Rica and Nicaragua are the two countries who don’t seem to have significant increases in their numbers as all aim to contain their epidemic curve. We all remain vigilant under new norms. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 May 2020

With soaring numbers, we cannot forget that all neighbouring countries as can

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be seen in the graphs are having increasing numbers. The LAC map shows comparative numbers from May 4th & 11th and the other infographic how the last 6 countries (in terms of decreasing numbers of COVID-19) are comparing. The data is as compiled by IDB from multiple sources. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 May 2020

Data available for countries in the Mesoamerican region

Data is up until 9 May for all countries. Note that this is total cases/deaths, not cases or death per million population. For example, México has 272 per million cases, and 27 deaths per 1M population. Belize has about 45 known cases per 1M, and about 5 deaths per 1M. See Source on Facebook. Worldwide statistics can be found at Posted 10 May 2020 Worldometers.info.

Statement by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow

I want to give you an update on the state of play regarding our COVID-19 struggles. … Now, as you know, there is still no new confirmed COVID-19 case and Monday will be the 28th day, we will reach that 28th day marker, providing this position of no new positive holds through this weekend. If it does so, and we do reach that 28-day milestone, we can promise you a further relaxation of some of the remaining restrictions. See Source. Posted 8 May 2020

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

As of May 6th, the Economic Oversight Team (EOT) has approved a total of 40,453 applications for unemployment relief, all of which have been sent to the Social Security Board (SSB) for payment. SSB has processed 37,696 payments to approved applicants. Of this, 34,915 approved applicants have been successfully paid by direct deposit or top-up card. In addition, 15,438 of those persons, who received their first payment before April 18, 2020, have now received their second payment. SSB continues to process payments and all remaining approved applications are expected to be processed by the end of today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 May 2020

Amendments to Emergency Powers, SI-67

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Statutory Instrument 67 prohibits day-care centres, child-care centres, nurseries and similar establishments or businesses. It also deletes a confusing prohibition on persons staying at a hotel swimming in their pool. Click on a small image, or see the Source. Posted 5 May 2020

Amendment to Emergency Powers, SI-66

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Statutory Instrument 66 amends SI-65 so that businesses not prohibited are allowed. Click on a small image, or see the Source. Posted 5 May 2020

Fisheries Department Office Operations and Services during COVID-19

May 5, 2020. In conformity with the national state of emergency and guided by Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020 and Circular Memorandum No. 13 of 2020, the Fisheries Department will be implementing measures effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 May 2020

Unemployment Relief Top-up Cards

May 5, 2020. Recipients of the Government of Belize COVID-19 unemployment relief, who are receiving payments by way of top-up cards, are advised to carefully protect their top-up cards and Personal Identification Numbers (PIN). See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 May 2020

COVID-19 Update, Other Countries

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On 4 May 2020 the Office of the Director of Health Services presented these graphs with official numbers from the IDB. It pointed out that we are going into our 4th week since the last case was diagnosed but we cannot lose sight of the fact that our neighboring countries are are having escalating numbers of cases and deaths. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Update on Daycare Closures

At 6:30pm on May 4, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation advised the public that under the current regulations, daycares are permitted to operate; however, an amendment will be made to the current statutory instrument to include daycares in the list of businesses prohibited from operating under the current state of emergency. Therefore, daycares will remain closed until further notice. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

CCC Folks, Feeling Stressed?

The Corozal Community College Couneslling Department is here to help students, guardians and staff with psychosocial support needed during this time. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Ministry of Natural Resources Re-Opening Protocols

The Ministry of Natural Resources informs the public that all offices countrywide are open between the hours of 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. To maintain the health and safety of customers and employees and to comply with the Government of Belize’s regulations, 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. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Learning Packages Distribution Sites in the Corozal District

From the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, 4 May 2020, a list of distribution sites for learning packages. There appear to be at least one location for almost every school. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Belizeans in Europe requiring extensions of stay

Information for Belizean nationals requiring extensions of visas in Europe. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Update on Daycare Closures

On May 4th, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation advises the public that daycares will remain closed until further notice. While daycares are not permitted to operate, babysitters are allowed to work by going to a person’s home or caring for a child in their home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

How to Wear, Use, and Remove a Cloth/Home-made Face Mask

Instructions on wearing and using face masks for COVID-19, from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPA). See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Re-Opening of Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices

The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public that all Registration Offices countrywide will be open to the public effective Monday, May 4, 2020, during the hours of 9am to 4pm. In an effort to ensure we continue to provide efficient services while protecting staff and the public, the cooperation of all is required. In the wake of COVID-19, services will be provided by adhering to the strict safety guidelines as mandated by the Government of Belize. Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced in the provision of services. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 May 2020

Bus Schedule Effective May 4, 2020

Click on the small image for a larger view of the schedule between Corozal and Belize City. Click on the Source on Facebook for a Posted 3 May 2020 link to an Excel spreadsheet with other bus schedules in Belize.

COVID-19 Update

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In the infographics attached, we have Belize’s data up until today compared to some Caribbean countries and the first graph indicates how Belize compares to New Zealand, Iceland, Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of their 'curves'. There is also a growth rate comparison with all other English speaking Caribbean countries. (first 3 graphs courtesy of UWI) The final graphs highlight the tests done per district and the distribution of tests for Belize by age groups. We remain at 18 confirmed cases with 3 pending recovery. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 May 2020

Update to Statutory Instrument No. 65 – Additional Businesses Allowed to Operate

Belmopan. April 30, 2020. Subsequent to the appearance of the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte on the Government Press Office’s “Ask the Experts” webcast today, April 30th, consideration was given to certain businesses to operate under Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020. Click on small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Apr 2020

Statutory Instrument 65 of 2020 (Emergency Powers)

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Effective May 1st, Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020, will come into force. To view the document, click on the small images or see Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Apr 2020

Update on the Food Assistance Programme

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation hereby updates the public on the COVID-19 Food Assistance Programme. Approved households who have already received their first food basket will receive notifications by text or WhatsApp informing them of their continued eligibility and the information needed to collect their baskets. There is no need to reapply; however, bear in mind that approval for continuous assistance is not automatic. Only households that receive the notification should go back for their second baskets. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Apr 2020

Bleach and Disinfectant for Surfaces Only

FACT: Spraying or introducing bleach or another disinfectant into your body WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

Market Day Rescheduled to Thursday 30 April in Lieu of Labour Day

The Corozal Town Council has rescheduled Friday’s Market Day to Thursday, 30 April 2020, from 6am. Only 5 people customers will be allowed to enter the building at a time, and must practice 6 feet social distancing. Click on the small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

British Nationals Flight Update

On Wednesday 6 May Westjet Airlines will operate a special flight WS3929 from Philip Goldson International Airport (Belize City) to Toronto-Pearson International Airport (Canada). Please note flights are on a first come first served basis and may be subject to change. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

Corozal District Health Services COVID-19 Health Line

Attention: if you have travel history to a high risk area with cases of COVID-19, and/or have SYMPTOMS such as cough, fever, or breathing difficulties, call one of these numbers (click on small image for a larger view). Or see Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

Belize Virtual Music Festival

The Belize Music Agency, the Office of the Music Ambassador, and Digi are partnering with other organizations to host the first Belize Virtual Music Festival. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Apr 2020

Temporary procedures for submission of teacher licensing applications

Please note that these adjusted guidelines are only applicable during this time of COVID-19, or as otherwise directed. They are in no way intended to substantively replace the normal policies on submission and processing of applications. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Apr 2020

Belizeans Staying in the US Due to COVID-19

Belizean nationals whose stay in the United States had to be extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the following site to access the necessary forms. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Apr 2020

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020 which came into effect on April 26, 2020

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For the original PDF of SI-62, see this link. For the original of this Summary, see this link. Or see Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Apr 2020

CDC Adds 6 Symptoms To Its COVID-19 List

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has long said said that fever, cough and shortness of breath are indications that someone might have the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. It has now added six more conditions that may come with the disease: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. See Source. Posted 27 Apr 2020

Public Transportation Protocol for COVID-19

On April 26, 2020, the Department of Transport (DOT) gave a list of guidelines for public transportation. That includes avoiding rush hours if possible, washing or sanitizing hands before boarding the bus, wearing a face mask, etc. These rules also apply to water taxis. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Apr 2020

Emergency Powers Regulations, SI-62

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Effective April 26th, Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020, will come into force. To view it, you can click on any of the small images, or see Source on Facebook for a link to Posted 25 Apr 2020 the PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions II/Labour/COVID-19

The Ministry of Labour answers 15 frequently asked questions about labour and employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Source. Posted 24 Apr 2020

CARICOM approaching a combined total of 1000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Caribbean Community Member States approaching a combined total of 1000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Recoveries are almost 250, while COVID-19 related deaths have been kept to just above 50. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

Belize’s data in reference to the region

As we move along with our data collection processes, we have completed a major exercise with significant support from SIB so that we will be projecting our data and potential scenarios. We are therefore presenting data as of earlier today and as mapped out by UWI with a comparison with countries having bigger epidemic numbers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

False Calls to Applicants of the Food Assistance Program

As of April 24, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation has been reliably informed of instances where members of the public are being falsely called by persons claiming to represent the Ministry and informed that they have been approved for food assistance before directing them to a nearby store. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Requests Public Support

The Ministry of Health joins the call from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development for the public to stop all open burning to avoid unnecessary ill effects on communities, especially for those suffering from lung disease or ongoing breathing problems. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

Watering Schedule for Corozal Town

This is the New Schedule for the watering of unpaved streets in the different areas of Corozal Town. The Corozal Town Council thanks you for your patience and support. We urge citizens to stay safe and continue adhering to the preventative measures set in place. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

British Army Training Support Unit Continues to Assist the Ministry of National Security during COVID-19 Pandemic

This support includes the provision of BATSUB’s barracks accommodation, laundry services, and exclusive access to their recreational area. Security forces personnel are also able to purchase groceries from the San Cas Store at Price Barracks. Additionally, a donation of 1,000 packs of 24-hour rations was handed over for distribution to the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

PM: Update to the Nation On the State of Emergency in force

Transcript of the April 23, 2020, update by Prime Minister Rt Hon Dean Barrow. The most severe restrictions from SI-55 will expire at the end of Saturday, April 25. The other restrictions that were to be in effect until April 30th will continue for two more months, after the National Assembly takes action on April 20th and 21st. A new SI will follow. For the complete transcript, see the Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Apr 2020

Free: Let’s Break the Chain of COVID-19 Infection

The Government of the United Arab Emirates is offering an online training course to teach key aspects of infection and immunity to empower you in your community-based advocacy on how to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. The course covers the chain of infection, how infectious diseases are transmitted and how to break the chain of infection through concrete preventive action. It is free of cost, 100% self-paced, estimated commitment 1 hour, and results in a certificate of completion from the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU). For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Apr 2020

Status Tool for COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Online Portal Under Repair

On April 22nd the Economic Oversight Team apologized for the errors in the online portal where applicants check their status for financial relief. Those who received a message that their application did not meet eligibility requirements may have been in error, and their applications are being reviewed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) & The Belizean Context

The severity with which COVID-19 affects any country depends on the socio-economic and health conditions of that country. The impact that this pandemic will have on Belize will be determined by these factors. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Items included in the Food Assistance Program

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation shows the items that should be included in each food basket (two-week supply of food) under the program. For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Need Food Assistance? Our numbers have changed

On April 22nd, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation posted these phone numbers for anyone needing food assistance. Those already on BOOST, Food Pantry, or the Unemployment Relief Program ($150 from SSB) are NOT eligible to apply. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Public Advisory from the Ministry of the Environment regarding Burning

With the high and unprecedented number of fires and persistent burning, the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development has enacted a set of new regulations cited as Environmental Protection (Prohibition of the Open-Burning of Refuse and Other Matter) Regulations via Statutory Instrument No. 59 of 2020 which comes into effect today, April 21, 2020. During the state of emergency, anyone engaging in open burning on any private or public land is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding two years. For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Apr 2020

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

This source has the running totals of COVID-19 statistics by country, including cases, deaths, and tests, by numbers and per million population. Belize is doing very well compared to the world averages. See Source. Posted 21 Apr 2020

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

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As of noon today, April 20, 2020, a total of 72,213 applications have been submitted since the Unemployment Relief Program was opened to accept applications on April 3, 2020. For details, click on a small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Implications on Education and the Way Forward

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On 20 April, 2020, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture answered questions, including when schools may reopen, distance and home-based learning, and responsibilities for teachers, students, and parents. Click on a small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Apr 2020

Can COVID-19 be spread through coins and banknotes?

There is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that coronavirus can be transmitted through coins or banknotes. Wash your hands, avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose until you do. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Apr 2020

BWS COVID-19 assistance to customers

BWS will give a 25% discount to many customers but still try to conserve water. Also, no disconnections for most customers for April and 2 months or less in arrears. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Apr 2020

Contact Information for Mental Health Services

Corozal: 422-3909/422-2072 ext. 241
Orange Walk: 670-9367/670-9375
Belize City: 223-0131/222-4920
See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Apr 2020

Republic of China (Taiwan) Donates Face Masks to the Ministry of Health

In a brief ceremony today, April 16th, the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin received, on behalf of the Government of Belize, 60,000 face masks from the Government of the Republic China (Taiwan) through its Ambassador to Belize H.E. Remus Li-Kou Chen. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Apr 2020

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow Updates the Nation on COVID-19 Response

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This is a transcript of the Prime Minister’s Address on April 16, 2020. Click on the small images for a view of the transcript or you can view the video by clicking on the Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Apr 2020

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

April 16, 2020, 1:30pm. As of noon today Thursday, April 16th, a total of 65,762 applications have been submitted online since the program was opened to accept applications on April 3, 2020.
Of these applications, 23,264, have been approved and sent to Social Security Board (SSB) during the period of April 9th to 15th for payment into applicants’ accounts. By the end of today, April 16th, all these approved payments will have been sent to the banks and credit unions for deposit. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Apr 2020

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

We are reposting 'What you need to know' during self isolation based on a request yesterday from the public sent during our 'Ask the Experts' session with Dr. Manzanero. Please follow our advice for self isolation or self quarantine for up to 21 days. Call us at 0-800-MOH-CARE for clarity on this and for any other COVID-19 or health related questions. Click on the small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Apr 2020

7,247 Unemployment Relief Payments Approved for Disbursement

As of 2pm April 14th, 62,706 applications have been received via the COVID-19 eServices Portal, in addition to a lesser amount received in hard copy, for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Apr 2020

Stay at Home Nutrition

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Northern Regional Hospital: Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety (and boredom) can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions and snack on whatever is around. But with a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and even boost your mood and immunity. Remember Safe Home, Eat healthy, Be Active. Click on small images or see Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Apr 2020

Government of Belize to Procure COVID-19 Test Kits from Cayman Islands

On April 14, 2020, 2:20pm the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) announces that, following a phone call between Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin of the Cayman Islands on Saturday, April 11, Belize can obtain from Cayman as many COVID-19 test kits as needed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Apr 2020

Update on COVID-19 Cases

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize now stands at 18, with four new confirmed cases identified over the last 24 hours. One from San Ignacio and three from Belize City, all close contacts of previously confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Apr 2020

Market Day Tuesday Apr 14th instead of Monday Apr 13th

The Corozal Town Council wishes to inform the general public that Market Day will be rescheduled to Tuesday April 14th 2020 for this week because Monday the 13th is Easter Monday. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Apr 2020

If you came in contact with a COVID patient

Isolate yourself immediately, separate yourself from family. Monitor yourself. Do not leave your home. Call 0-800-MOH-CARE. Click on the small image for symptoms and more information, or see Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Apr 2020

Fourteenth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

April 12, 2020. 9:47am. A further 26 samples were tested for COVID-19 at the Central Medical Laboratory and one of those samples has yielded a positive result. This is the 14th confirmed case. The sample is that of a close contact of a previously identified case who started developing minor symptoms, which included runny nose, nasal congestion and a loss of sense of taste. The patient remains with minor symptoms and is in self-isolation at home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Apr 2020

Emergency Repatriation Exercise

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April 10, 2020. 3:07pm. The Government of Belize in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy is organizing a repatriation exercise for persons who may have become displaced in Belize due to COVID-19. Special arrangements have been made for a flight to Houston on United Airlines at 12:00pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020. For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2020, Emergency Powers Amendment

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Principal regulation amendments to emergency powers to cope with COVID-19 (countrywide). Click on any small image for a larger view or on the title for a link to the Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Mapping Exercises Identify 3 New Cases of COVID-19, 2 in Corozal

April 11, 2020, 9:50am. The Ministry of Health continues its enhanced surveillance activities and mapping exercises as it aims to contain further cases of COVID-19. The initial mapping exercise in Belize City and the processing of further samples from the case in Corozal have identified three more cases of COVID-19. Two of the new cases are in Corozal and one is in Belize City; all these cases are close contacts of already identified cases. These cases were swabbed as part of the mapping exercises, and all were asymptomatic and are in self-isolation at home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Corozal Community Hospital/Corozal Polyclinic II Reminder

The management of the Corozal Community Hospital is reminding the general public that due to the COVID 19 situation the Corozal Polyclinic and the Emergency Ward are only attending to patients with critical condition and flu like symptoms. These measures have been taken as we are trying to expose the least amount of persons. Any persons with flu like symptoms are advice to visit the respiratory clinic directly. Ambulance assistance are for Road Traffic Accidents(RTA) and emergency situations only. We plea to the general public to please adhere to these strict measure. Please continue practicing social distancing, hand hygiene and to stay home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Medical Focal Point Contacts

For the Corozal district, call 402-2141, 625-6667, or 660-1115. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020

Prime Minister’s Address – April 10, 2020

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The Cayo quarantine will now apply countrywide. We will be strictly confined to procuring food and medicine, fuel, and finance. Allowed activities will be only during reduced hours. Click on the small images to read the press release, or see the Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020

Belize Records Second Death of Person Infected with COVID-19

Belmopan. April 10, 2020. 11:45am. The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health regret to inform of the death of the patient confirmed earlier as the 10th case of COVID-19. For details, click on the small image or the title above to read the whole text. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020

Tenth Case of COVID-19 is Confirmed

Belmopan, April 10, 2020, 6:25am. The Ministry of Health has confirmed a 10th positive case for COVID-19 in Belize. The confirmation test came out positive late last night (April 9th). This was from a set of 30 samples tested, some of which were from frontline workers as part of routine surveillance. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020 Note: Breaking Belize News is reporting on Good Friday that this patient has died at KHMH.

Taiwan contributes Bz$2 million to fight COVID-19 in Belize

Belize City. April 9, 2020. 5:30pm. The Republic of China (Taiwan) today, April 9th, added to its March 25th contribution an additional BZ$2 million to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Belize. This is for urgently needed additional personal protective equipment, medical equipment, testing kits, and laboratory supplies for frontline medical service providers countrywide. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Summary of Effect of Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020 (amended)

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Belmopan, April 9th, 2020, 3:45pm, the GOB amended a summary of the Statutory Instrument 52, which pertains first to the Cayo District only, but also a review of the restrictions to other districts. This summary will be easier for many people to read. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

National Days of Prayer and Fasting for Belize

Friday, Apr 10th to Sunday Apr 12, 2020. See Source. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Update on the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 2:05 p.m. The Government of Belize launched the electronic services portal whereby applicants can apply to receive benefits of the UNemployment Relief Program by COVID-19. Starting at noon today, April 9, around 59 , 500 applications had been subjected online. Several physical applications have also been received that will be manually registered on the portal early next week as soon as appropriate protocols regarding time and sanitation can be implemented. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Ninth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 10:45 a.m. The Ministry of Health ran a further 30 samples for COVID-19 on April 8 and has confirmed a ninth case. The patient is a female minor who is an immediate contact of a previously identified patient. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Movement at Sea and Waterways

On April 8, 2020, the Ministry of National Security clarified the movement of persons traveling at sea, rivers, lagoons and waterways within the country of Belize. There are details relating to fishing, port operations and services, waste disposal, and vessels chartered to transport essential service workers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020, Emergency Powers

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A list of emergency powers specifically applying to the Cayo District for the next 14 days. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Government Entities Closed

As of 8 April 2020, the public is hereby reminded that many Government entities are closed to the public. Click on the small image or the link below for a list. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Eighth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Corozal

April 8, 2020, 7:10am. The patient is a 50-year-old male who is currently in the isolation area of the Corozal Community Hospital. The patient was referred from the private sector and has been hospitalized since yesterday. A mapping exercise has started for this patient and further details will be provided later on in the day. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Prime Minister Announces Lockdown of Cayo District and Additional Nationwide Measures

This evening, April 6th 2020, during a live address, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced additional measures including a 14-day lockdown for the Cayo District. These measures will go into effect at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Additional measures are coming. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

WHO: Homecare for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

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Take care of yourself and your family. The following guidlines are to help prevent transmission of infections for households, caregivers and those suspected or confirmed to be ill with COVID-19. From the World Health Organization via the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Diabetes Association. Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Market Day Rescheduled from Fri 10th Apr to Thu 9th Apr

The Corozal Town Council is rescheduling the Friday market because that is Good Friday. Also, due to COVID-19, the hours will begin at 8am, only 5 customers inside the building at a time, and at least 6 feet of social distancing. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Protocols Following First COVID-19 Death

The Government of Belize has been made aware of the social media post by the wife of the late Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh in which she recounts her experience while seeking care for her husband. The nation is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Pipersburgh, a beloved Belizean, both at home and abroad. The Government reiterates its deepest condolences to his wife, Ms. Maria Estella Recinos and their family as expressed last night by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. See Source on Facebook. See her Posted 6 Apr 2020 Facebook Post.

Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Update on COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

On Friday, April 3, 2020, the Government of Belize launched the COVID-19 e-Services Portal through which persons may apply to receive benefits from the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Changes to Opening Hours Due to COVID-19

Changes to Opening hours effectively immediately, April 6, 2020. Notice that the Corozal office will be open 8am to 3pm, Mon-Fri. The image also includes contact numbers, email, and WhatsApp. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Adjusted Customer Services

Belize Electricity Limited advises customers of our adjusted customer services, effective Monday, April 6, 2020. Notice that the Corozal Branch Office is closed. Contact numbers are included in the image. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

Government of Belize Extends Condolences to the Family of COVID-19 Patient

The Office of the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize extend their deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh who died in his battle against COVID-19. This is the first death associated with COVID-19. For details, see Source on Facebook. Also, see Posted 5 Apr 2020 this Facebook Post from the wife of Mr. Pipersburgh. Hopefully, authorities will respond.

Revised Bus Schedule Effective April 6, 2020

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Schedules for Corozal to Belize City, Benque Viejo to Belize City, and Punta Gorda to Belize City. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

All Borders Closed to the Entry of Belizean Nationals

Effective today, April 5th, all borders will also be closed to Belizean nationals seeking to enter the country. This decision was made by Government of Belize with unanimous support from the National Oversight Committee to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Confirms 5th Case of COVID-19, in Corozal

Today, at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida. The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

National Days of Prayer and Fasting

The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow has approved three National Days of Prayer & Fasting, from Good Friday, April 10th to Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020. Throughout the nation, the Council of Churches will celebrate the three days with combined times for prayer, repentance, worship, and celebration. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Confirms Fourth Case of COVID-19

The enhanced surveillance system of the Ministry of Health has identified a fourth case of COVID-19 in a 55-year-old male who resides in San Ignacio. The patient tested positive in a confirmatory test ran earlier today, April 3rd, 2020, at 1:16 a.m. For more details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Apr 2020

Hours and Minimal Services for Drivers and Vehicle Licenses

The CTC will be operating from 10am to 2pm, and only one person at a time will be allowed in the building. We encourage online payments for property taxes, trade licenses and other revenues. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Belize Constitution Emergency Powers Amendment

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This amends the Emergency Powers Regulations from April 1st 2020. It restricts movement across boundaries, clarifies some provisions of the Emergency Powers, and limits others. Click on any of the small images for a gallery, or view the Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Sanitation Workers and Household Garbage

The CTC will be providing essential services only. Which means our sanitation workers will be picking up household garbage. We can help in picking up bagged grass or leaves. However we discourage residents from accumulating piles as the Council is unable to deal with that at this given moment. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Suspension of All Lotteries including Games of Chance and Government Lotteries

The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as the Ministry responsible for Lotteries, informs the public that due to the state of emergency in place in response to COVID-19, all lotteries, including games of chance and Government Lotteries (Boledo, Jackpot and Ordinary), are suspended until further notice. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Tips If You Must Leave Home

This is a graphic showing suggestions if you have to leave home. Click on the small image for the full graphic. Or you can click on the title, which has the same graphic also in Spanish. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Corozal Town Council Closed

As of April 2nd 2020, the Corozal Town Council was officially closed down to comply with the State of Emergency. We will continue to provide garbage collection service as an essential service. For details, click on the small image above, or the title, or view the Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Revenue Department Online Working Policy

The Corozal Town Council’s Revenue Department will no longer have their doors open to the public but will be available via online. Instructions are available, either click on the small image or the title above, or go to Corozal Town Council.

Public Transportation Bus Schedule for the Country of Belize effective 2nd April, 2020

Bus schedules for Belize, including six trips per day from Corozal to Belize City, and six trips per day from Belize City to Corozal. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

Immigration Status

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration hereby notifies the public, and especially visitors holding temporary immigration status through visitors’ extensions and permits, that the issuance of extensions is suspended until further notice due to the current restrictions on movement as a result of COVID-19. Click on the small image or this link to the Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

Gives responsibilities for the Unemployment Relief Program, who can benefit from it, how long the relief payments will be made and how, when it starts, steps for filling an application, and more. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations

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This document, signed by Sir Colville N. Young, Governor General, on the 1st day of April, 2020, gave the Government of Belize many powers to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on any of the small images to view each page in a gallery, or go to the Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

Updates from PM Barrow’s Recorded Message

Click on the small image or the title above for a list of the updates from Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s recorded message. It includes the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize, a State of Emergency for 30 days, nationwide curfew from 8pm to 5am, and other announcements. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Mar 2020

Amendment to Quarantine Order

The Government now finds it necessary to enforce additional quarantine measures and has amended the Quarantine Order to include that, 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. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Mar 2020

OPM Warns to Disregard Unofficial Information

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) hereby informs the public that the notes being circulated via social media and other channels purportedly from the National Oversight Committee are not official. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Mar 2020

Shopping at Gabriel Hoare Market

Persons going to do their shopping at the Gabriel Hoare Market are asked to be responsible in keeping with the Social Distancing safety measures. We thank our stall owners and vendors for doing such a great job in complying with the safety regulations prescribed by the Ministry of Health. Only together we can combat the threat of the COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Mar 2020

Corozal Farmer’s Market Preventative Measures

The Corozal Town Council has devised a plan to ensure the safety of everyone on the grounds. See Source on Facebook for details. Posted 28 Mar 2020

BURNING OF HOUSEHOLD AND YARD WASTE IS PROHIBITED

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, see Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Mar 2020

Government of Belize Enacts Quarantine Order for Entire Country

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). See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Measures Taken by the Department of Transport

Limited public transport services will allow seated passengers only, and seats and metal surfaces will be sanitized often. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Mesoamérica Update

These are the numbers in the Mesoamerican region, Guatemala may be going into a complete lockdown for the next 15 days given their increasing numbers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

CCH Important Notice to the Public

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. See Source on Facebook. There is also a link there to the original post if you want to Posted 24 Mar 2020 compare.

COVID-19 Measures taken by the Belize Postal Service

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 Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Ministry Issues Warning Against the Use of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine

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 Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Sailing for Cargo Vessels, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Cargo vessels are authorized to provide cargo service to the island. The prohibition has been lifted with conditions. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Temporary Suspension of Immigration Services

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 Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Notice to Maternal and Child health patients

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 Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Mar 2020

Compliance with Social Distancing Directives

Restaurants, lounges, clubs, bars, markets, supermarkets and all other public spaces are limited to a maximum of 25 persons at any given time. This advisory will be updated as the situation evolves. See Corozal Town Council.

COVID-19 Liquor License Extension

The granting of "Extensions" for liquor establishments is suspended until further notice. This suspension is aimed at preventing mass gatherings and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. See Corozal Town Council.

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.
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. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Mar 2020

GOB Clarifies Municipal Curfew and Entry Ban

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. Also note that it is not within the purview of any municipality to institute a mandatory curfew. This can only be done by the GOB. The Government does encourage social distancing and to stay home and avoid unnecessary social interactions. See {CztTC}.

Belize confirms first case of coronavirus, Cuban doctors arriving to help

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.

Easter Bash Cancelled

The Easter Bash scheduled for Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April has been cancelled in keeping with the recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. See Corozal Town Council.

Contact Numbers for COVID-19

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, contact your care provider immediately at 0-800-MOH-CARE. In Corozal you can also call 625-6667 or 660-1115.

No rapid test for COVID-19

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.

GOB Clarifies Municipal Curfew and Entry Ban Notice

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.

COVID-19 — Alert Regarding Border Closures

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.

Barbados’ plan for COVID-19

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 vs Isolation

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.

Social Distancing 101

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.

American national tests positive for COVID-19 after departing 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.

Nutrition Tips for Adults

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.

New measures announced to protect against COVID-19

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

Ministry of Natural Resources reopening and online

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.

Public Notice: Chinese Community

Effective Sunday 22 March the Chinese Community will close iron doors at 6pm but will still be selling up to 9pm. For details see Corozal Town Council.

Cargo ships continue as usual

The Belize Port Authority warns about a rumor that cargo ships will stop visiting Belize. There is no indication of any cancellation or suspension of such shipments. See Government of Belize Press Office.

COVID-19, What you need to know

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts. For more, see Ministry of Health Belize.

Visiting Corozal Community Hospital

Notice for relatives/friends with a loved one admitted to CCH. Special conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more, see Corozal Community Hospital.

Corozal Town Council Safety Measures and Notices

This flyer outlines special procedures for your safety when visiting the Town Hall, instructions for online payments, and other useful information. For more Corozal Town Council.

Snopes debunks myths about detecting or avoiding COVID-19

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.

The Best Ways to Kill Coronavirus In Your Home

A good list of general disinfecting guidelines and the best use of bleach, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and other chemicals for disinfecting.

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