Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Angola ease several COVID-19 restrictions and measures, Sept. 9, but extend sanitary cordon through at least Oct. 8.
Alert Begins 09 Sep 2020 11:07 AM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Angola have eased several restrictions related to the ongoing containment efforts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Sept. 9; however, they extended the sanitary cordon through at least Oct. 8. Several new measures are in place and include the following:
- Domestic flights are permitted to resume from Sept. 14, and international travel is permitted to resume from Sept. 21. A negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and COVID-19 test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure or arrival.
- Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice, except for humanitarian and cargo transport.
- Public transport is permitted to operate 24 hours a day.
- Street vendors are permitted to operate five days per week, 0700-1600 Tuesdays to Saturdays.
- Religious activities are permitted to reopen at 50-percent capacity on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 19.
- The wearing of facemasks in private vehicles is suspended; however, it is mandatory to wear facemasks while commuting with public transport, and in public spaces.
- Previously considered nonessential businesses are permitted to operate 0700-2000. Businesses are permitted to operate at 50-percent capacity in Luanda and 75 percent elsewhere.
- Schools and tertiary education will reopen in a phased manner from Oct. 5-Oct. 26.
- Sports facilities remain suspended through Oct. 19.
Those caught in breach of COVID-19 measures and restrictions will be subject to fines. Authorities may introduce new restrictions with little notice in the coming days.
Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 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. Avoid large public gatherings and concentrations of security personnel.
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.