Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Chile amends coronavirus disease-related restrictions as of July 10. Nationwide 2200-0500 curfew remains in effect.

  • Alert Begins: 10 Jul 2020 08:35 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 17 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
As of July 10, Chile has amended its existing travel, movement, and other restrictions on the national and local levels as part of the country's effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Nationwide
Authorities have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country. Such persons are permitted to leave Chile, but flights are likely to be limited. Returning Chilean citizens and residents are subject to a 14-day quarantine period; persons entering the country must fill out health affidavits and undergo health screenings.

A nightly 2200-0500 curfew is currently in effect indefinitely; residents must remain in their homes during curfew hours. Persons above the age of 75 may not leave their homes at any time, except in the Aysen and Los Rios regions, where they may leave home for up to one hour a day. Events with more than 50 people are also prohibited; all theaters, bars, and public gymnasiums remain closed. Restaurants may only operate for delivery or carry-out; seated dining remains banned.

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain quarantined for 14 days or until they no longer present symptoms, whichever is longer. Anyone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact or spent two or more hours at home or in a hotel or office with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 must likewise remain in quarantine for at least 14 days.

All persons are required to wear protective face coverings in all public buildings. Additionally, all persons are required to wear face coverings any time they are in any public space, engaged in public or private transport, or are in an elevator, no matter how many other people are nearby. Improvised masks may be used in place of medical-grade masks so long as they cover both the nose and mouth.

Santiago Metropolitan Region
A quarantine is in force in several areas of the region, during which residents are only allowed to leave their homes to obtain or provide essential goods and services.

The following areas are under quarantine until 2200 July 17:

 

  • The province of Santiago

 

  • The borough of Buin

 

  • The borough of Calera de Tango

 

  • The borough of Colina

 

  • The urban areas of the borough of Curacavi

 

  • The borough of El Monte

 

  • The borough of Lampa

 

  • The urban areas of the borough of Melipilla

 

  • The borough of Padre Hurtado

 

  • The borough of Penaflor

 

  • The borough of Puente Alto

 

  • The borough of San Bernardo

 

  • The urban areas of the borough of San Jose de Maipo

 

  • The borough of Talagante

 

  • The urban areas of the borough of Til Til

 


The borough of Pirque is indefinitely cordoned off, with entry and exit prohibited except for those with a safe-conduct pass.

Authorities have established checkpoints near the borders of Santiago Province and the boroughs of Buin, Colina, Lampa, Padre Hurtado, Puente Alto, and San Bernardo. Any person crossing such checkpoints must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history.

Antofagasta Region
Calama and the urban areas of Antofagasta, Tocopilla, and Mejillones are under quarantine until 2200 July 17.

Aysen Region
Aysen Region will be indefinitely cordoned off beginning 2200 July 12, with entry and exit prohibited, except for persons with a safe-conduct pass. Persons entering the region from Los Lagos must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Bio Bio Region
Colonel and Lota are indefinitely cordoned off, with entry and exit prohibited, except for persons with a safe-conduct pass.

Coquimbo Region
Persons entering from Valparaiso Region must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

La Araucania Region
Authorities have banned all public events with more than 200 attendees until Dec. 31.

Los Lagos Region
Chiloe Province remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except those with a safe-conduct pass.

Persons entering or exiting the region must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Persons entering Chiloe Island from any point of departure must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history.

Persons entering or exiting Ancud must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history.

Public transportation throughout the region may only operate at 50-percent capacity; the number of passengers allowed in taxis remains restricted.

Los Rios Region
Los Rios Region will be indefinitely cordoned off beginning 2200 July 12, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except those with a safe-conduct pass.

Magallanes Region
The urban area of Punta Arenas remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except those with a safe-conduct pass.

The city of Puerto Williams remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except those with a safe-conduct pass.

Persons entering the region must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history at established checkpoints throughout the Strait of Magellan area.

Maule Region
The borough of Curico is under quarantine until 2200 July 17.

Authorities have set up checkpoints on Route J-30, Route J-60, Route J-70I, Route M-80, Route M-910, Route 5 South, and Route 126. All persons crossing the checkpoints are required to have their temperature taken and submit to any further medical examination authorities deem necessary to check for symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, authorities have banned events of 50 or more people and prohibited all religious gatherings.

O'Higgins Region
The boroughs of Graneros, Machali, and Rancagua are under quarantine until 2200 July 17.

Tarapaca Region
The boroughs of Alto Hospicio, Iquique, and Pozo Almonte are under quarantine until 2200 July 17.

Valparaiso Region
The borough of San Antonio is under quarantine until 2200 July 17. San Antonio is also indefinitely cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave except those with a safe-conduct pass.

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are under quarantine until 2200 July 17. Authorities have established checkpoints near the city limits of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, and all residents of the Santiago Metropolitan Region must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history before being allowed to cross such checkpoints.

The boroughs of Los Andes, Quillota, and San Felipe are under quarantine until 2200 July 17.

All persons traveling to Easter Island must undergo a health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history.

All measures are subject to change at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Chilean government are similar to actions taken by other regional governments in recent days in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (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. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

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. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

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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