Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) | Ministry of Human Development Belize

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Thank you for accessing the Belize MHDSTPA Coronavirus (COVID-19) portal where we have been providing you with regular updates and daily tips on this pandemic. As of March 22nd, 2020, this page is no longer being updated. For latest updates please access

MoH Contact: 0800-MOH-CARE | MoH Facebook updates: @BelizeHealth

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Notice: MoH Webcast | March 19th, 2020 at 9 am accessible here.

Notice: Latest Updates from COVID-19 Press Conference with MoE | March 18th, 2020

  • Schools will be closed effective Monday March 23, 2020 and will reopen Monday April 20, 2020
  • PSE has been suspended until further notice, and CXC and CAPE will likely also be postponed pending regional decisions
  • Children should be engaged in home-based learning with a portion of each day spent on reading and/or other learning activities
  • Learning resources will be linked on the MoE website here and COVID-19 guidelines on their website here
  • School feeding programs scheduled to start will continue via food hampers

Notice: Latest Updates from COVID-19 Q&A with MoH | March 17th, 2020 at 4:00 PM/16:00

  • Belize still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, and some tests are being sent for screening by the CDC to ensure protocol is effective
  • More test kits will be ordered that give quicker results and their accuracy will be tested
  • By the end of the week the locations of specific screening areas and isolation units will be mapped out
  • Screening areas and hospital settings will be set up in every major town
  • The government is attempting to source portable x-rays and ventilators
  • Many upcoming major events may be postponed such as religious and recreational events for Easter

Notice: Latest Updates from COVID-19 Press Conference | March 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM/15:00

  • The SIB Census has been postponed until next year
  • Schools will be closing at the end of the school day on Friday the 20th of March effective until after Easter (note: this is not a vacation)
  • As an effort to increase social distancing, no indoor/outdoor gatherings/events of 100 or more people are to be held
  • Belize is restricting entry to people coming from the following countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Europe (including UK) and Iran
  • The Northern border and PGIA will remain open. All other ports of entry will be closed (not applicable to cargo vessels)
  • Preparations are being made to mitigate the economic impact of this virus on those directly affected in the tourism industry

Ministry of Health Updates are accessible on

MoH Contact Numbers by District: 

  • Belize City: 615-7973 / 223-2722
  • Belmopan: 634-2870 / 600-2544
  • Corozal: 625-6667 / 660-1115
  • Independence: 624-0839 / 600-8167
  • Orange Walk: 614-8091 / 677-2839
  • San Ignacio: 600-7506 / 621-6687
  • Stann Creek: 607-0133 / 634-8648
  • Toledo: 614-1417 / 624-7619

Labor Department Contact Numbers By District:

  • Belmopan Headquarters: (501) 802-2663/2297
  • San Ignacio: (501) 804-2287
  • Dangriga: (501) 502-2102
  • Independence: (501) 503-2173
  • Punta Gorda: (501)702-2724
  • Belize City: (501) 207-4023/4027/6209/6213/5676/4048
  • Orange Walk: (501) 302-1075/3425/0808
  • Corozal: (501) 402-2178
  • Corozal Free Zone:(501) 403-7447
  • San Pedro: (501) 206-2700

Daily Tips

  • Tip #1: Social Distancing is key. Social distancing can slow down the spread of highly contagious diseases. Do not attend large meetings or gatherings, minimize time spent in public spaces, reduce physical contact with others and deliberately increase distance from others (recommended 6 ft distance).

  • Tip #2: Beware of Snake Oils and Charms. There is no cure nor specific treatment for COVID-19. If you do think you have the virus or have been exposed to someone who has it, contact your local healthcare provider. If you are healthy, follow MoH recommendations, and get plenty of rest, fluids, and stay active.

  • Tip #3: Don’t Neglect Your Mental Health. Your mental health is important, and facts minimize fear. Stick to official sources of information and try to find humor to boost your spirits. Here is one video that might bring a smile to your face.

  • Tip #4: Washing Hands > Sanitizing Hands. Hand sanitizer should never be a replacement for soap and water. If your hands are visibly dirty, you should wash them with clean running water and soap for no less than 20 seconds. Remove jewelry and be sure to wash the following areas up to the wrist: the knuckles, nail beds, thumbs, palms, back of hands,  and between the fingers. Hand sanitizer use should be for 20 seconds simulating handwashing without drying after.
  • Tip #5: Use Hand Sanitizer Correctly. When you use hand sanitizer, rub it on your hands for about 20 seconds, simulating the hand washing technique. Let it air dry, and be sure to moisturize your hands as dry hands can crack and increase your susceptibility to contracting infections.

Also, Please note that a State of Emergency has been declared for the Belize City Southside. An interactive map of the zones is available here.

  • Contact Us

    Ministry of Human Development Headquarters West Block, Independence Plaza, Belmopan, Belize Telephone: (501) 822-2246 or 2161 or 2684 Fax: (501) 822-3175

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