In a statement dated April 30, 2020, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, noted that the state of emergency declaration issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic would expire as of midnight (12:00 am) on the morning of May 1, 2020. A second state of emergency, which went into effect as of 12:01 am on May 1, 2020 will extend for a period of 60 days. As noted in the statement:
In parliament, and elsewhere, I had made the point that there was no need to fear that the extension of the state of emergency necessarily meant the extension of the regime, in all its rigour, that existed under the previous state of emergency. In fact, I signaled that given how comparatively well we are doing in keeping new cases at bay, we expected to relax the strictness of the last set of regulations. I am, therefore, here to tell you that it is precisely as I intimated: there is a substantial easing that the new regime will bring…
…There is no way that, in those famous words of President Bush, that we can declare “mission accomplished”. We see what is to happen now as a breathing space, a somewhat uneasy truce. We will use the opportunity to plan, to prepare for the distinct possibility of a second wave of cases. If that hits, we ask our people to be ready to do it all over again, including returning to the most draconian of lockdowns.
Under terms of the new state of emergency, a wide range of businesses throughout Belize will reopen and resume normal operations. Among them, hotels across Belize are free to reopen, though clientele will be restricted to persons already living in Belize. Hotel restaurant operations will also remain limited, with room service and take-out meals the sole options.