Belize announces phased re-opening plan for tourism

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Belize announces phased re-opening plan for tourism
Fri June 26, 2020

The Prime Minister of Belize made the official announcement that Belize's international airport will be opened on August 15

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Belize made the official announcement that Belize's international airport (BZE), the Philip Goldson International Airport will be opened on August 15, 2020, as part of the country's five-phase re-opening strategy for tourism. The opening of the international airport will kick-off Belize's third phase of re-opening, allowing for further travel relaxation and open entry for chartered flights, private aviation and limited re-opening of international leisure travel with approved hotels only.

Enhanced health and safety protocols for hotels were also approved by the Honourable Jose Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, which serve as the foundation for the destination's newest "Tourism Gold Standard" Recognition Program for hotels, restaurants and tour operators. This 9-point program seeks to enhance the tourism industry's health and safety standards by adapting new behaviors and procedures to ensure both employees and travellers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize's tourism product. Some of these new standards include:

-Social distancing and the use of face masks while in public spaces
-Online check-in/out, contactless payment systems, and automated ordering/booking systems
-Hand sanitizing stations across the property
-Enhanced room cleaning and increase sanitization of public spaces and high touch surfaces
-Daily health checks for guests and employees
-Designated 'Isolation/Quarantine rooms' for suspected Covid-19 cases and action plans for handling suspected employees or guests

Tours, Archaeological Sites & National Parks
-New capacity restrictions for all tourism sites to ensure social distancing can be maintained
-Smaller tour groups to provide a more intimate tour experience
-Sites and Parks to manage tours by appointment to limit the number of persons on site
-Enhanced sanitization of tour equipment

Although limited in scope, this phased approach allows for the industry to re-open responsibly, to test new entry protocols, and to allow for adjustments as necessary to ensure the wellbeing of Belizeans and visitors. As the country re-opens for travel, Belize wants to assure travellers and residents that hotels and restaurants will be cleaner and safer than ever before. 

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