Belize Suspends Border Reopening After COVID-19 Circumstances Surge
The federal government of Belize introduced a delay within the re-opening of Philip Goldson Worldwide (PIGA) attributable to a “spike within the variety of COVID-19 instances in three districts,” stated Dean Barrow the nation’s prime minister, in an announcement. The airport opening “might be introduced at a later date,” Barrow stated.
Preliminary ends in Belize’s widespread San Pedro district resulted in 14 new doubtlessly optimistic instances of COVID-19, however authorities well being officers are “at the moment present process the affirmation course of,” stated Barrow in an announcement.
Though the airport is not going to reopen, weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals will proceed, with all returning residents topic to obligatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Thus far, Belize has reported 57 COVD-19 instances with two deaths from the virus.
Barrow had threatened earlier this week to postpone the airport reopening if contract-tracing on Ambergris Caye revealed extra optimistic COVID-19 instances. The prime minister assailed the habits of residents whom he stated “haven’t precisely been following the continuing tips,” in keeping with a breakingnews.com report. The transgressions embrace an area wedding ceremony attended by 500 individuals, “jammed water taxis” and different violations.
Belize had been scheduled to open its borders to worldwide guests on August 15, asserting a collection of well being and security measures to manage the unfold of COVID-19. Below the introduced protocols, vacationers might be required to supply proof of a damaging COVID-19 check taken inside 72 hours of their departure or endure testing on arrival, in keeping with Belize Vacationer Board officers.
Vacationers may even be required to obtain the Belize Well being App earlier than boarding their flight. The app might be utilized for contact tracing ought to traveler develop signs or check optimistic. Arriving friends should additionally endure a temperature verify on the airport and put on a masks whereas touring.
Airport capability and extra well being measures, together with boundaries and sneeze guards, have additionally been mandated, and baggage might be sanitized earlier than being transferred into the terminal. New tips for tour teams, vacationer websites and motels may even be instituted.
Resorts might be required to realize the nation’s “Tourism Gold Commonplace Certificates of Recognition” to function. Below this system, operators might be required to keep up an array of hygienic facilities and providers.
Verify-in and check-out procedures might be carried out on-line, and masks might be required in public areas. Each friends and staff will endure every day well being checks, and properties are required to ascertain “isolation/quarantine rooms” for friends who could have contracted the virus.
As well as, excursions might be restricted to small teams to make sure social distancing, whereas the nation’s many nationwide parks would require appointments, permitting the federal government to soundly restrict the variety of individuals.
American Airways (flying from Miami), United Airways (from Houston) and Delta Airways (from Atlanta) have all confirmed to renew common, weekly service to Belize upon the airport’s re-opening, in keeping with Belize Tourism Board officers.
These efforts are a part of Belize’s Part three of its reopening plan. The nation expects to open its cruise operations in Part 5, in keeping with an announcement from Belize’s prime minister.
Belize has recorded 24 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and has three lively instances as of June 26, in keeping with the Ministry of Well being.