Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Authorities in Curacao extend cancellation of all incoming passenger flights through May 10, lift some business restrictions.
This alert affects Curacao
This alert began 28 Apr 2020 13:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 10 May 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Islandwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions
Officials in Curacao have extended a ban on entry for all passengers flights through at least May 10 as part of the government's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ban includes Curacao residents. Flight crews must remain in quarantine while they remain on the island. All maritime traffic remains prohibited, except for cargo vessels.
A nightly 2100-0600 curfew also remains in place through at least May 10. Additional restrictions remain in place until further notice. All gatherings of four or more people are banned. Private vehicles are allowed on the roads only two days per week,= according to their license plate:
- Monday and Thursday: license plates starting with A, D, F, G, H, K, BF, Z, WA, SpKen
- Tuesday and Friday: license plates starting with J, L, N, R, U, MF
- Wednesdays and Saturdays: license plates starting with S, T, V, X, Y
Public transport is available daily until 2100. Residents must remain at home as much as possible. They are allowed to perform outdoor exercise individually from Monday to Saturday 0600-0900 and 1800-2000 and the same time on Sundays but only within their area of residence. Residents may swim in the sea from Monday to Saturday 0600-0900; swimming pools must remain closed. Supermarkets and health shops are allowed to open until 1800. Restaurants may operate for deliveries and pickups until 1900. Other businesses, including tire shops, bookstores, office supplies, and hardware stores, may also operate only for deliveries and pickups.
Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will likely maintain an increased police presence deployed to enforce the restrictions. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
The measures taken by authorities in Curacao 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.
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.