Belize does not appear to have a dedicated immigration detention facility though it detains migrants in administrative procedures in Belize Central Prison. On 13 August, visits to the prison were suspended indefinitely due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country. There had been no confirmed cases in Belize Central Prison as of mid-August. Safeguarding measures at the prison were reportedly implemented early on in the pandemic, including having staff members wear masks. New inmates were being quarantined for 15 days (21 days for foreign detainees).
- Global Detention Project, “Belize Immigration Detention Profile,” January 2016, https://www.globaldetentionproject.org/countries/americas/belize
- A. J. Ciego, “Visits to Belize Central Prison Suspended Due to COVID-19,” 15 August 2020, https://amandala.com.bz/news/visits-to-belize-central-prison-suspended-due-to-covid-19/
- W. Pitts, “Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19 in Secure Settings: Lessons from the Belize Central Prison,” RTI International, 23 July 2020, https://www.rti.org/insights/covid-19-management-in-prisons
- A Sign at the Belize Central Prison Reminding Inmates of Covid-19 Prevention Measures, (Belize Central Prison, W. Pitts, “Mitigating the Impacts of Covid-19 in Secure Settings: Lessons from the Belize Central Prison,” RTI International, 23 July 2020, https://www.rti.org/insights/covid-19-management-in-prisons)