Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Dominica lift curfew measures and other internal restrictions as of July 1. Borders remain closed.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 12:40 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International transport disruptions, business disruptions

Summary
As of July 1, authorities in Dominica have lifted all curfew measures and internal restrictions on movements and operations introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials continue to urge individuals to practice appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures.

International travel restrictions remain in place, including the suspension of all commercial and private passenger flights at Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) until further notice. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has stated that Dominica's border could be opened to commercial passenger traffic in July; however, a specific date has not been provided. The airport remains open for medical emergencies and cargo operations and to receive medical supplies and personnel. Seaports are unaffected. Dominican cruise workers and students are permitted to enter the country, but they will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments are implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.

Advice
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.


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