After almost a year of lockdowns, stay at home orders, and border closures, we are slowly returning to a new norm under the current COVID-19 pandemic. There have been some tough times, forcing us to adapt to a new way of living. Even with the increased health measures and mandatory mask-wearing, I am glad we have reached a point where we can go out and enjoy some time at our favorite restaurant or hangout spot. Oh, how I missed lounging by the beach snacking on some seasonal seafood ceviche with a refreshing cocktail in hand!
Of course, we need to follow some Covid-19 health and safety measures when dining out in Belize, but these precautions are a small sacrifice when we get to enjoy a touch of “normal” life.
From the moment you leave your home, vacation house, hotel, or resort, masks must be worn appropriately. Under Belize Covid-19 Prevention regulation, everyone must wear masks when out in public, even when driving on a golf cart. Once you reach your restaurant of choice, there will be a handwashing station available outdoor that you are required to use before entering the premises. It is also necessary for restaurant staff to check your temperature using either a wrist or forehead thermometer and record the data along with your name for health records. Once the health procedures are out of the way, you can take your seat, and masks can be removed.
It may seem like a lot of hoops to jump through, but it is just a small effort to ensure that both the customers and employees are not at risk of this contagious disease – and worth it when you can enjoy a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant.
Restaurants must also adhere to several other regulations, such as all tables must be six feet apart and properly sanitized after each use. No groups of more than ten are allowed, no person can be seated at the bar top, and only 50% of the restaurant’s seating capacity can be in use at any given time. Patrons are also reminded one must order food when consuming alcohol.
Another critical point to remember about dining out while in Belize is that there is a curfew in effect from 10pm to 5am, so it best to get an early dinner.
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