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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020. 4:40 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize announced today that it will be instituting additional quarantine measures due to an increasing number of people who are not adhering to self-quarantine requirements.

GOB released a statement moments ago, saying that as the international death toll relating to COVID-19 continues to rise, people are disregarding the self-quarantine measures after entering the country legally, and others are entering Belize through blind spots, avoiding our protocols and self-quarantine measures, and in so doing are putting the lives of other Belizeans at risk.

“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,” GOB said.

GOB also said that the Quarantine Authority will decide, in accordance with guidelines from the Ministry of Health, how long a person needs to stay in the quarantine centre and reminded the public that any person who develops flu-like symptoms and who suspects that they may have had contact with someone who has traveled from a country affected by COVID- 19 MUST immediately inform the Ministry of Health.

GOB added that the Ministry of Immigration hereby invokes its own authority to refuse entry to all non-Belizeans into Belize, in accordance with the Immigration Act and based on the advice given by the Quarantine Authority under the revised Quarantine Order.

“It is essential that Belizeans continue to work together as a nation to prevent the spread of COVID -19 in Belize. Every Belizean has a moral responsibility to stop the spread of this pandemic. The public is urged to practice good hygiene by washing hands and following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Government of Belize,” GOB added.

 

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