Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Anguilla lifts restrictions on gatherings and business from April 29. All seaports and airports remain closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

This alert affects Anguilla

This alert began 29 Apr 2020 07:34 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant international transport disruptions, some business disruptions

Authorities in Anguilla announced that they would lift restrictions on gatherings and businesses beginning April 29. 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. All retail stores, restaurants, bars, hair salons and barbers, accommodation suppliers, and official lotteries are allowed to reopen. Churches and other places of worship, gymnasiums, spas, and recreation facilities will also be allowed to open from 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.

Officials have stated that the closure of all seaports and airports to passengers will be maintained indefinitely, and it is unlikely that the ports will reopen 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. A ban on the use of boats in Anguilla's waters will extend through May 12; however, regulated licensed fishing can resume from April 29 under a restricted schedule. Cargo vessels are exempt from the restriction.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice. Authorities may reimpose measures if there is any confirmation of new or suspected cases of COVID-19.

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, a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Some governments have begun relaxing certain domestic restrictive measures in response to indications that the spread of the disease has been adequately contained locally; however, international movement restrictions are likely to be protracted. The relaxation of any restrictive measures is subject to reversal.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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.

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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