Major Changes of the New SI Include Curfew, Mask Wearing, And Border Testing - The Government of Belize has announced that Cabinet decided that it is time to re-balance responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. For some two years, the Government has responded to the pandemic by embarking on a massive public health campaign, securing hundreds of thousands of vaccines, heavily imposing restrictions on personal freedoms and curtailing social and economic activities. The Cabinet has decided that the time has come to restore personal and economic freedoms, while encouraging everyone to act responsibly.
- Effective today, March 1, 2022, the long-implemented curfew has been lifted.
- Masks will no longer need to be worn outside in open air, private resident or driving. However, they must stay on while in public buildings such as churches, government buildings, and supermarkets. They must also be worn on public transportation and at events such as weddings and funerals.
- Another big change that comes with the new SI is that social events such as wedding, church services, funeral, wake, sporting and recreational and other events can be hosted if, and only if, everyone who participates is vaccinated. Social distancing is still required.
- And no more testing at the border for vaccinated Belizeans. Residents can stay more than 24 hours in Chetumal, Mexico, without having to pay the $100 for a test upon returning. Tourists also don't need to be tested once they can show proof of immunization.
Additionally, thе Міnіѕtrу оf Неаlth hаѕ оrdеrеd dіѕсоthеquеѕ, bаrѕ, rum ѕhорѕ, аnd nіghtсlubѕ tо rеmаіn сlоѕеd аѕ раrt оf thе nеw СОVІD-19 rеgulаtіоnѕ. Ноwеvеr, оthеr ѕосіаl mееtіng рlасеѕ аrе аllоwеd tо ореrаtе wіth ѕоmе rеѕtrісtіоnѕ. Gyms, churches and restaurants are allowed to operate at 75% capacity; masks are required indoors.