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B.E.L. Says No Light Bill Waiver Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Amid the crushing economic impact of the coronavirus crisis many, including the opposition, are calling on government to have its majority-owned utility companies waive their respective bills for the next [...]

B.E.L. Implements Plan of Action to Help Customers Amid Corona Hardship

Despite the coronavirus emergency, B.E.L. says it continues to defray the monthly expenses of some three thousand senior citizens across the country.  The representative of the company reiterated, however, that [...]

A Statutory Instrument for Laid off Workers to Claim S.S.B. Benefits

Among the first to feel the implications of COVID-19 are the thousands of persons, primarily from the tourism industry, who have been sent home without pay or placed on holiday.  [...]

Despite Economic Burden of Pandemic, Can Employers Afford to Pay Staff at Lower Salary?

The S.I. is only to last for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The S.S.B. is working closely with the Ministry of Labour and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and [...]

Belize Records First Case of COVID-19 in San Pedro

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed today. The woman is currently under quarantine in San Pedro, while her family members are in isolation. The individual, who is a Belizean, [...]

DHS Manzanero Outlines Contact Mapping for First COVID-19 Case

A thorough investigation, which includes retracing the journey of the San Pedrano affected by COVID-19, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Health.  Her travels included a layover in Texas, [...]

Cuban Medical Brigade This Way Cometh

Cuban doctors are being deployed to various countries where COVID-19 has been established. A group is already in Italy where the death count continues to increase. A Cuban Medical Brigade [...]

Cleopatra White and Matron Roberts Polyclinics are Listed for COVID Hospitalization

Several health facilities in Belize City have been identified by the Ministry of Health should there be a need for persons suffering from COVID-19 to be hospitalized.  Karl Heusner Memorial [...]

San Pedro is Under 72 Hours State of Emergency

Earlier today, Governor General Sir Colville Young signed a statutory instrument bringing into effect a state of emergency for Ambergris Caye.  Under the regulations for the state of emergency everyone [...]

Belize’s Top Tourist Destination Confirms First Case of Deadly COVID-19

When official word came of the first positive case in San Pedro, residents scrambled to get off the island. Hundreds work in the tourism industry, but are not permanent residents [...]

COVID-19, Public Transportation and What You Should Do!

While measures are being tightened in San Pedro through a state of emergency, restricting travel, the Department of Transport is putting in place preventative measures that will help in containing [...]

Belize Remains Free of Covid-19; New Measures Announced

As the weekend gets underway, there are zero cases of coronavirus detected within our borders but new measures are being put in place beginning this Saturday.  The Oversight Committee on [...]

Alleged Gang Members Imprisoned

As the crackdown of suspected gang members continues, police today hoarded away a first group of affiliates.  The men were picked up at different times and places and kept in [...]

Police Department Publishes Wanted Persons List

The full force of the law to crack down on crime came down as early as three o’clock on Wednesday morning when the round up began in neighbourhoods in the [...]

Police Make Several Arrests Following Belize City Bloodbath

Several persons were arraigned this evening in the lower courts after being charged for crimes ranging from attempted murder to murder.  On Tuesday afternoon, twenty-two-year-old Derrick King, an employee of [...]

An Update on the State of Emergency

At a press conference this evening, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams provided an update on operations being conducted under the existing state of emergency, beginning with an increase in the [...]

Measured Progress in Solving Homicides Involving Two Infants

Investigators are closer to making arrests in at least three of the murders that occurred earlier this week.  According to Commissioner Williams, they have made significant inroads in cracking the [...]

What’s Ahead for Citizen Security this Weekend?

ComPol Chester Williams stopped short of divulging operational details of police activities that are scheduled for this weekend, suffice to say that the ramped up presence of officers in the [...]

The 2020 Budget Debate That Wasn’t, Thanks to COVID-19

In Belmopan this morning, the Leader of the Opposition John Briceño responded to the budget for the new financial year.  There was no debate since the threat of COVID-19 is [...]

Johnny B Explains His Solo Performance in Parliament

Following today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, opposition leader John Briceño explained why other elected members of his party collectively abstained from debating the budget.  Not for the glaring [...]

Setting the Record Straight on Guatemalan Transit

Earlier today, word spread like wildfire that Guatemalan nationals were traversing Belize from the Philip Goldson International Airport to the western border and that their transit through the country was [...]

Sedi on Closing Down the P.G.I.A.

According to Elrington, a statutory instrument would have to be instituted in order to effect a travel ban for passengers entering the country via the P.G.I.A.   In that case, he [...]

Immigration Dept. Cracks Down on Illegal Border Crossings Due to COVID-19

As you may know by now, Nicaragua and El Salvador recorded their first cases of the novel coronavirus late Wednesday evening.  As it stands now, Belize is the only country [...]

An Update on Border Closures as a Result of COVID-19

Estrada also spoke on the official and legal border points. She notes that only two ports of entry remain open for Belize, those are the Philip Goldson International Airport and [...]

Airlines are Suspending Flights to Belize

On the issue of visitors and entry points, Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that traffic through the P.G.I.A. is already significantly reduced and expected to dwindle further. [...]