Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Anguilla extend closure of all seaports and airports through at least April 20. Movement restrictions remain in place.

This alert affects Anguilla

This alert began 08 Apr 2020 11:23 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 20
  • Impact: International transport restrictions, internal movement restrictions, significant business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Anguilla extended orders to close all borders to passengers until at least April 20, as part of the territory's effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials have maintained closure of seaports and airports to passengers since March 20. 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 April 8-21, including those involved in fishing. Cargo vessels are exempted.

Officials imposed movement restrictions in Anguilla starting March 27. Residents may only leave their homes to obtain basic goods, attend a medical issue, or perform outdoor recreational activities for no more than 90 minutes between 0500-1800, while maintaining a proper distance from others. These restrictions remain in place until further notice. Schools remain closed and all public events have been canceled or postponed.

Authorities may take additional measures in the coming days, especially if the spread of COVID-19 continues. The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport in the country, with larger than usual police presence in the streets. 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
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

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/