Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Protests occurring in response to movement restrictions imposed at short notice in Mogadishu, Somalia, April 10. Avoid all protests.

This alert affects Mogadishu

This alert began 10 Apr 2020 12:12 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions, civil unrest
  • Location(s): Mogadishu (map)
  • Date: April 10
  • Impact: Increased security, ground travel and business disruptions; possible clashes, shortages of goods

Summary
Authorities have reportedly enforced a short-notice lockdown in Mogadishu April 10 in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have cleared streets and closed businesses. It is not clear when the new restrictions will be lifted. Protests have erupted at least one mosque, the Marwazi Mosque, after police moved to clear the gathering.

Security personnel will likely remain deployed throughout Mogadishu to enforce the movement restrictions. Further protests in response to the action are possible April 10 and in the coming days. The likelihood of protests will increase if restrictions are not communicated ahead of implementation. Clashes between protesters and the security forces are possible. Movement restrictions could result in disruptions to supply chains and the shortages of some goods. Authorities have previously suspended international flights. Further transport disruptions are possible in response to government efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo. Avoid all demonstrations.

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.

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int