As of Sunday, Sept 19th, 2021 there will be some new twists and turns on the Belize Covid Coaster. The country is taking a step back and increasing restrictions for some areas. Once again, contact sports are off the table and all casinos and churches must close. September 26th, and October 3rd, are being designated as no movement days with the exception of medical emergencies or purchasing medication, groceries, and fuel.
The night before last, our Prime Minister, John Briceno, gave a short speech stating the above information and urging people to get vaccinated. He also requested that people stay home and if you have to go out, watch your distance.
Currently, the positivity rate for Covid in Belize is 16.4%, and we are experiencing a high daily increase. On Sept 14th, we had 200 new infected persons and 1468 cases countrywide. There were 9 more deaths over last weekend. As of Sept 16, testing showed 191 more positive cases with 32 of those hospitalized, 6 persons in the intensive care unit, and sadly, 4 new deaths. A total of 287 new samples are under investigation. Thankfully there were 147 new recoveries. Needless to say, our small healthcare system is overwhelmed and exhausted. Our recent spike also jumped us up to the top level on the CDC Covid-19 Belize Travel Information Page.
As a result, the Government has decided to limit evening movement in some areas, hoping this will reduce the spread. For San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia, and Hopkins, the curfew will stay as-is from 9:00 pm – 4:00 am. For all other areas of Belize, the curfew will be 7:00 pm – 4:00 am and restaurants are operational for takeout only.
For those interested in a taste of our live Covid news, see the short September 15th YouTube video of the National Address by Prime Minister John Briceno on the upcoming new Covid 19 regulations for Belize.
There is also talk of making all public places require proof of vaccine to enter for October. Although other than the original social media comment uproar, I have not seen much further on the idea. Here is a good article in the San Pedro Sun – “Minister of Health and Wellness says GOB will implement mandatory vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test before accessing public buildings.” I hope they get us smaller-sized cards or allow phone picture proof – I already keep a pic with both my vaccine card and Belizean driver’s license together on my phone.
For those still willing to brave Covid Travel to visit your beloved Belize, thank you, and here is a list of Ministry of Health and Wellness approved Covid-19 test facilities in Belize.
To help inspire you to holiday, here are a few pics from a recent beach walk to town.
Weather-wise it has been up and down. By that, I mean Sunday was extremely windy, so much so that afternoon roof time had to be on the west side of the pool versus in the loungers area on the east side facing the sea. The left side picture below, is from my afternoon walk to town before trivia night. It was breezeless and hotter than a $2 pistol. Today is a calm and balmy 84 °F or 29 °C. See more weather info and find out what the Belize Sailing Center’s favorite weather app is and why. Yesterday the sailing club moved its location back to Caribbean Villas Resort – a great spot. Stop by Sundays and watch the sailing races from Amber, the hotel’s beach bar and grill while you enjoy a cold beverage.
September is a good time for cleaning as you may have read in my 27/9 challenge and giant avocados writeup. I snapped the pic below of the Phoenix Resort near the edge of town. They are doing their annual off-season maintenance, and the boys were out with the powerwasher making the building clean and fresh.
As I headed down Front Street in town, I caught sight of a Belize Food Tour in action. I could not tell what they were eating, but I enjoy the fresh local juices at that place in town (across from Fido’s) and their dukunu, which is a local snack. It’s a mash of ground-roasted corn kernels and coconut milk packed and steamed in corn husks. There is a version with chicken but I have not tried it.
Further down Front Street, this big Belize flag was a reminder – it’s ‘party month’. Although we will not be doing a big celebration of Belize’s 40th year of Independence, people islandwide are still showing their spirit.
Moving around San Pedro Town, a couple of pictures of the new development on Back street – it’s coming along nicely. Unfortunately, the last few times I have passed by, there was no one around to ask for details. I did manage to find out it is the same owner as Caye Supplies and it will likely be a bar and grill.