Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: French Guiana relaxes COVID-19 curfew measures and other restrictions as of Sept. 7. Travel, business, disruptions likely to persist.

Alert Begins 07 Sep 2020 11:50 AM UTC
Alert Expires 25 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 7, authorities in French Guiana are continuing to ease curfew measures and other restrictions related to the territory's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response and recovery plan. Curfew measures were again eased Sept. 5; all municipalities are now under the nightly 2300-0500 curfew, except Ouanary, Saint-Elie, and Saul, where there is no curfew. No person may leave their home during the curfew except for emergencies.

Some nationwide measures are still in place, while others have been revised as of Sept. 7:

 

  • All individuals must wear protective face coverings whenever in public.

 

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people in indoor and outdoor public spaces are prohibited in all areas; however, approval for outdoor gatherings of up to 40 people may be requested.

 

  • The sale of alcohol for takeaways is prohibited 1800-0800 in all areas except for Ouanary, Saint-Elie, and Saul, where there no restrictions.

 

  • Restaurants and cafes are permitted to open for outdoor service, with approval, outside of curfew hours across all municipalities.

 

  • Individual outdoor sports activity is permitted across all areas. Commercial sports halls may reopen across all areas subject to approval and operating protocols. Certain group training activities may proceed with no more than 10 people, and for up to 40 people outdoors with prior approval.

 

  • Some nonessential businesses and facilities remain closed.

 


French Guiana's borders remain closed to most nonresident foreign nationals until further notice. Residents and citizens can travel to/from Metropolitan France but must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for both incoming and outgoing travel. Diplomats, healthcare workers, and airline crews can also enter French Guiana, as well as nonresident foreign nationals who are in transit to their home country; however, these travelers must remain in the international zone of the airport. The Oyapock River Bridge crossing from Brazil remains closed. There are no restrictions on cargo shipments and humanitarian travel. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice, depending on local disease activity.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

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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