Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Colombia to impose staggered lockdown in Bogota July 13-Aug. 23 due to COVID-19 activity. Severe disruptions likely.

  • Alert Begins: 12 Jul 2020 12:01 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 24 Aug 2020 06:00 AM UTC
  • Event: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Bogota (map)
  • Time Frame: July 13-Aug. 23
  • Impact: Severe business and transport disruptions

Summary
Bogota mayor Claudia Lopez has announced authorities will impose a lockdown in parts of the city July 13-Aug. 23 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The lockdown will be imposed in three stages across the city:

July 13-26:

 

  • Chapinero, Ciudad Bolivar, Los Martires, Rafael Uribe Uribe, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Tunjuelito, and Usme

 


July 27-Aug. 9:

 

  • Bosa, Fontibon, Kennedy, and Puente Aranda

 


Aug. 10-23:

 

  • Barrios Unidos, Engativa, and Suba

 


It is currently unclear what measures, if any, will be in place in the Antonio Narino, La Candelaria, Sumapaz, Teusaquillo, and Usaquen areas.

In areas under the lockdown, the following restrictions will apply between the applicable dates:

 

  • Nightly 2000-0500 curfew, when no movement is allowed except for emergency services.

 

  • All nonessential businesses must close.

 

  • Residents may only leave their homes 0500-1900 to go grocery shopping, to go the pharmacy, for doctors' visits, or to care for vulnerable people.

 

  • Only one member per household will be allowed out to perform the abovementioned tasks.

 

  • Alcohol sales will be prohibited.

 

  • The status of outdoor exercise is unclear.

 


An additional 850 security personnel will deploy to enforce the measures. Severe disruptions to business and transport operations are almost certain during the lockdown period. Authorities could extend the measures based on COVID-19 activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
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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