Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Anguilla extends closure of all sea and air ports through July 30 due to COVID-19 activity. Restrictions on repatriations in place.

  • Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 09:42 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through July 30
  • Impact: Significant international transport disruptions, some business disruptions

Authorities in Anguilla have extended the closures of all sea and air ports to nonresident foreign passengers through at least July 30. As of July 15, authorities have also prohibited the entry of repatriated citizens and legal residents from high-risk countries and territories until at least July 25. Persons eligible to enter will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-approved location. A ban on the use of boats in Anguilla's waters is in effect; however, regulated licensed fishing is permitted under a restricted schedule. Cargo transportation, medical emergencies and evacuations, and departures are not included in the ban.

Internal restrictions on businesses and gatherings were lifted April 29. The government has urged the public to continue adopting social distancing and hygiene practices and for businesses, facilities, and institutions to enforce sanitation protocols. All public and private gatherings of more than 25 people remain prohibited. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Anguillan officials decided to relax measures after the Ministry of Health and Social Development declared that there were no active or suspected cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Anguilla, April 27. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. 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.

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