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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2020. 1:57 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Government of Belize issued a reminder about the closure of borders due to preventative measures being implemented to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

“Belizeans are being strongly advised against leaving the country unless it is a case of bona fide emergency. This is being advised for the safety of all,” GOB said. “What do border closures mean? Belizeans, please stay in Belize.”

The statement noted that the Western, Northern and Southern borders are closed except for Belizeans, including diplomats residing in Belize, and foreigners with legal residency in Belize seeking to enter; however, those allowed to enter may be subject to a period of 14 days in quarantine to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19. GOB also said that Guatemalan nationals can depart from Belize through the Western border to return to their home country.

There are currently no restrictions being placed on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo at any of the border entry points or seaports.

“The Government emphasizes that Belizeans remain calm; fear is the most dangerous contagion. The most effective action each Belizean can take to secure the safety of themselves, their families and the country is to follow the hygiene rules,” GOB added.

Those rules include the washing hands with soap and water, using a sanitizer if necessary, covering a cough or sneeze, trying not to touch the eyes, nose or mouth. GOB also encouraged the public to stay updated on all the relevant, official information and noted that such information could be found at the Government of Belize Press Office website at http://www.pressoffice.gov.bz/ or the Facebook pages for the Ministry of Health, the Director of Health Services, and the Government of Belize Press Office; or call the Ministry of Health’s hotline at 0-800-MOH-CARE.

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