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Jun 2, 2020

Director of Health Services Speaks on Quarantine Hotels

A number of Belizeans, who were employed in the cruise ship industry, has made it home. In their case, the cruise ship companies made the arrangements for their return and are covering the costs of quarantine. They are on quarantine at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and will be there for a total of fourteen days. Making sure that these hotels possess the necessary requirements to act as a quarantine facility is determined by several government ministries, including the Ministry of Health. Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero today said that the hotels are inspected to make sure that they function properly for quarantined Belizeans.


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“It is not too much of a complicated process. The way it had routinely worked out from when we started the preparation process, we had looked at potential hotels that were willing to work initially with the Ministry of Health but now it is a multilayer approached because Foreign Affairs is involved in terms of the repatriation as is the Department of Immigration. Once the hotel has agreed to be able to host repatriated Belizeans then the Ministry of Health would go in and do an assessment as to how things are going to be handled from the Ministry of Health standpoint and then the relevant ministry, security would go in and look at the layout how they will be monitor. I don’t think it is a complication situation. Again if people are asymptomatic they are also considered to be at low risk so there is no potential risk even for some people who may be staying at the hotel. Once you have a positive diagnosis then the ball game changes.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What would be that one criteria that a hotel must have in order for the government to use their hotel as a quarantine area?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“We always look out for to see the flow how the persons would get there and that the hotel would have the commitment to be able to ascertain that they are getting their food, water, that they have the basic amenities that toiletries are being given to them. Not routinely but does not have to  be a requirement but if they have access to television, to internet and those things make it easier because the reality is that these people are locked up for two weeks.”

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