Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Curacao further relaxes business restrictions and reduces curfew hours to 0000-0600 from May 22. Borders remain closed due to COVID-19.

This alert affects Curacao

This alert began 22 May 2020 14:10 GMT and is scheduled to expire 05 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Islandwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Officials in Curacao will further ease internal movement and business restrictions, which were previously enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), from May 22. The new daily curfew hours are reduced to 0000-0600 until further notice. Restaurants and other catering establishments may open for sit-in services until 2200. Casinos are also permitted to reopen outside the curfew. All businesses are still required to enforce strict social distancing and sanitation protocols. Individuals must continue to practice social distancing protocols by keeping 2 meters (6.5 feet) from each other. Public events are prohibited.

International travel restrictions remain in place. All incoming commercial passenger flights are suspended until further notice. Most maritime traffic to Curacao remains prohibited. The travel restrictions exclude air cargo and cargo vessels, and the arrivals of authorized medical personnel and legal residents. Flight crews must remain in quarantine while they remain on the island. All inbound passengers will subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The restrictions taken by authorities in Curacao are similar to actions taken by other governments globally 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). The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11. Curacao's decision to relax some measures has been taken to allow the economy to reopen. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

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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