Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Anguilla extend movement restrictions through May 12, with revisions. All seaports and airports closed indefinitely.

This alert affects Anguilla

This alert began 20 Apr 2020 08:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 12
  • Impact: Significant international and internal transport disruptions, business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Anguilla extended internal movement and business restrictions, with some revisions, through at least May 12. The measures were first introduced March 27 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents may still leave their homes to obtain essential goods, attend to a medical issue, for banking purposes, or to perform outdoor recreational activities for no more than 90 minutes between 0500-1800, while maintaining a proper distance from others. However, some nonessential businesses have been allowed to resume, including financial, insurance, legal, and information technology companies, as well as those selling computers and stationery supplies. Child-minding facilities will be permitted to reopen from April 22.

Officials also announced that the closure of all seaports and airports to passengers will be maintained indefinitely, and it is unlikely that the ports will be reopened before the end of May. Cargo shipments have continued, and the government has allowed several charter flights for the departure of visitors from the territory. Authorities also announced a ban on the use of boats in Anguilla's waters, including those involved in fishing. Cargo vessels are exempted.

The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport in the country. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Anguillan authorities are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. 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. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.

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.

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int

Government of Anguilla - COVID-19: https://beatcovid19.ai