Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Curacao to enforce stricter COVID-19 movement restrictions until at least Oct. 6. A nightly 2300-0500 curfew is in place.
Alert Begins 24 Sep 2020 02:47 PM UTC
Alert Expires 06 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Islandwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Officials in Curacao will reimpose stricter restrictions on movement, businesses, and gatherings through at least Oct. 6 in response to a recent increase in confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Businesses must still enforce social-distancing measures and enhanced sanitation protocols. Individuals must continue to practice social-distancing protocols by keeping 2 meters (6.5 feet) from each other. As of Sept. 24, the following additional measures are in place:
- A 2300-0500 curfew that went into effect Sept. 17 will remain in place until further notice.
- Gatherings of more than four people are prohibited in public places.
- All commercial establishments are to close by 2200.
- Food trucks may only operate 1700-2200.
- Places of worship may offer services at 50-percent capacity, and with no more than 50 people in attendance at a time.
- Sports events may occur without spectators. Gyms and sports facilities are limited to 25 people at a time.
- Face-to-face teaching for approved grades is limited to groups of 25 people at a time.
Restrictions for international travelers remain unchanged. As of Sept. 24, travelers from several countries and territories in the Caribbean and Europe, as well as Canada, Guyana, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan may enter Curacao. Prior to travel, visitors from these countries will be required to:
- Complete the digital immigration card.
- Complete the digital Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to departure and carry the printed document.
- Present a negative COVID-19 test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure at an accredited laboratory.
All passengers will be subject to enhanced health screenings. Passengers who have been in a country or city with high COVID-19 activity in the previous 14 days will be required to quarantine protocols for at least 14 days. All embarked ships that want to lay-up must stay in quarantine for 14 days under strict supervision; crew members will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further tighten, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
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.