Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Aruba extends shelter-in-place order and amended 2200-0500 curfew from April 28 due to COVID-19. Incoming flight ban in place until May 31.

This alert affects Aruba

This alert began 28 Apr 2020 13:11 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Islandwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Severe international and internal transport disruptions, commercial disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities in Aruba have extended the shelter-in-place order and revised curfew beginning April 28, until further notice. The curfew has been reduced by two hours and will be imposed 2200-0500, instead of 2100-0600. These restrictions are part of continued efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Except for the curfew time frame, the existing internal measures remain unchanged. Under the daytime shelter-in-place order, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes to purchase groceries, medicine, and fuel or to obtain medical services. All establishments are to close by 2100. All nonessential businesses and activities have been closed, including all educational facilities, retail stores, bars, restaurants, and recreational and entertainment establishments. Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes during curfew hours. Persons providing essential services will be required to present the relevant documentation allowing movement during curfew hours. Pharmacies are exempt from the measure.

Other current restrictive measures include a temporary entry ban for all nonresident foreigners, as well as returning citizens and legal residents, until further notice. All incoming passenger flights have been suspended until May 31. Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) remains operational for cargo, emergency, and limited repatriation flights only.

The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport throughout the territory. A larger than usual police presence is likely to enforce the measures. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by authorities in Aruba 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. 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.

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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