Authorities in Algeria impose a ban on all public gatherings until March 31 to stem the spread of COVID-19. Further restrictions possible.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 22:47 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Public Event Ban
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through March 31
  • Impact: Ban on public gatherings, possible business disruptions, travel restrictions

Algerian authorities stated March 10 that they would impose a ban on all public gatherings until at least March 31. The government has taken these measures to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ban encompasses all sports, cultural, and political events. It remains to be seen how the recent ban will impact the nationwide anti-government demonstrations that began in February 2019 in response to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek a fifth presidential term.

Additional restrictions and business disruptions remain possible in the coming days as new cases of COVID-19 emerge within the country. As of March 10, there are 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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