Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Authorities in Andorra eased restrictions related to COVID-19 from April 16. Schools and nonessential businesses remain closed.
This alert affects Andorra
This alert began 21 Apr 2020 19:42 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 May 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Event: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Date: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions
Authorities in Andorra eased restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from April 16. Citizens and residents who live in homes with even-numbered addresses may now leave their homes on even-numbered dates, while those who live in homes with odd-numbered addresses may leave their homes on all other days. During those respective days, people are allowed to leave in the following time slots:
- 0600-0900, 1800-2100 for running and walking
- 0900-1100, 1400-1900 for shopping and strolling
- 1100-1400 for when the elderly and vulnerable may leave their homes
Educational institutions in the country, as well as nonessential businesses, will remain closed. Border crossings between Andorra and Spain and between Andorra and France remain open
Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the Andorran government are similar to actions taken by other regional governments in recent days in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV2-virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions
Andorra Government: govern.ad