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August Update

By Slickrock Adventures on August 18, 2020

The island is being looked after by our team on a rotated two-week schedule and we are working closely with Wildlife Conservation Society, and Fisheries Department to get to and fro. As mentioned briefly in my last update, we will be sponsoring them on a long-term basis to enhance the conservation efforts of Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve.

We already pay a marine park fee per guest, but I plan for us to go above and beyond to protect such a precious part of the planet and in turn, make sure there is an abundance of wildlife to see when you visit our very special Eco-island.

I try to always be open and honest and even though I tend to waffle, and beat around the bush at times, I feel I should give you some important updates.

Due to a few illegal border jumpers from Guatemala, Mexico, as well as a group of individuals from the US (including repatriations), Belize has seen a rise in positive cases, but minuscule, compared to the US, UK, and elsewhere.

On 6th August, Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Dean Barrow, quite rightly announced a 14 day State of Emergency to stem the flow and get it back under control.

The international airport was due to reopen 15th August, but has been postponed for now. Health for Belizeans and tourists is paramount, which is the main thing.

At this stage, it seems like it will reopen in September, but I’ll keep you posted. We’ll definitely be open in November with safety protocols to give you that added comfort.

At no point do I, or the team want to take the fun out of your intended holiday to Belize. I know with Covid-19, new rules and regulations are circulating that can seem like a bit of a dampener.

Rest assured, we will do all we can to make your experience one to remember, as we hope it always has been.

It isn’t quite set in stone yet, but we will be introducing Belize Tourism Board standards for hygiene, such as serving you at the buffet, rather than self-service, installing hand sanitisers, disinfecting the boat before and after each group, regularly changing your bedding and using PPE when doing so.

It is more of a case of being completely professional and being preventative, that is a personal promise from the team and I. There is no “I” in team and we will all be working very closely to give you a warm welcome this winter or spring to our home-from-home.
Marcy has headed up our Gold Standard accreditation with the Belize Tourism Board, attending the online courses, with plenty more to follow in the following months.
The first two seasons’ wrinkles have been ironed out and we are now a very close-knit team of friends, who are more like a family and I hope this natural chemistry between us shows on your next trip.
The other businesses are still proceeding, despite the pause button being placed on some orders due to various lockdowns and furloughing in Europe. I’ll update you on all of that at a later date.

When the international airport does reopen, there will be a few extra protocols.

You will be tested for Covid-19 at the airport, but the best way to visit is to have a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to your trip to make sure you get fast-tracked through immigration, which will take the hassle out of your trip from the get-go. These protocols may well change by the time we’re open, but thought I’d give you a heads up.

As with last season, we are partnering with Best Western Biltmore to collect and drop each guest back to the international airport either side of your stay with us. This is on us, so just say you’re with Slickrock and you’ll be set. We will be including dinner and breakfast on both nights at Biltmore too, so it is all-inclusive now (only tips, insurance, and flights excluded).

Our first trip is 20th November for Thanksgiving and as with all new bookings, we have reduced it down to US$2,000 for this season. Repeat guests get a 10% discount.

Slickrock Adventures
+1 800-390-5715
slickrock@slickrock.com

Our New Covid-19 Cancellation Policy Amendment
If you are unable to travel due to restrictions placed on your home country or Belize by the government(s) or airlines, or if the resort is unable to open due to government restrictions, any paid bookings are eligible for rebooking for future dates of up to a year from your original check-in date. Guests will receive full credit for the amount paid to apply to the future rebooking dates, subject to availability.

On behalf of the Slickrock family, thank you for visiting in the past, present, or future. We look forward to welcoming you to the island this winter.