Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Ecuador ends nationwide COVID-19 curfews and eases movement restrictions as of Sept. 15. Land borders remain closed.
Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 02:23 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions, increased security
Authorities in Ecuador have lifted all curfew measures and eased domestic restrictions on movements and social gatherings across most parts of the country as of Sept. 15, following the expiration of the national state of emergency issued in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
Under the new COVID-19 response plan, municipal authorities are empowered to impose stricter restrictions on businesses and public movements, depending on local disease activity. At the national level, vehicular restrictions associated with the color-coded system of restrictions are no longer required; however, local authorities may continue to use the system of color-coding to determine risk levels and reimpose restrictions, as they have done in Quito and Guayaquil, where disease activity has generally been higher. Other nationwide measures in place as of Sept. 15 are:
- Interprovincial transportation is permitted at 75-percent capacity.
- Public institutions and the private sector may return to face-to-face work, but telecommunicating is still encouraged if possible.
- Bars, nightclubs, and amusement centers may reopen at the discretion of or under the operating requirements set by local officials.
- Public shows are still suspended nationwide.
- Educational facilities remain closed.
- All individuals are urged to practice social distancing and must wear a facemask in public spaces.
Stricter measures will be enforced in Quito until further notice. Shopping centers, supermarkets, markets, banks, and restaurants may operate at 50-percent capacity, while cinemas, theaters, and auditoriums may operate at 30-percent capacity. Bars, nightclubs, and gyms are to remain closed. Additionally, the following vehicular restrictions will be maintained:
- January, March, May, July, September, and November: Vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) are permitted to circulate Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, and 0) are permitted to circulate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. All vehicles are permitted on the roads on Sundays.
- February, April, June, August, October, and December: Vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, and 0) are permitted to circulate Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) may circulate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. All vehicles are permitted on the roads on Sundays.
The following vehicular measures will be enforced until further notice:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: Vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) are permitted to circulate.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, and 0) are permitted to circulate.
- Sundays: All vehicles are permitted to circulate.
International and Domestic Travel
International and domestic flights are permitted; however, the land borders remain closed to all passenger traffic. All international passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days before arrival or complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for domestic travel; however, some higher-risk cantons may request proof of a negative COVID-19 test to permit entry. Cargo transportation and personnel involved in the transportation of food, health, and hygiene products, as well as members of the health sector, are exempt from the restrictions. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
All measures are subject to amendment at short notice. 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 and appointments. 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.