Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Grenada to ease curfew measures from April 20 due to COVID-19. International transport restrictions remain in place.

This alert affects Grenada

This alert began 20 Apr 2020 10:25 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least early May
  • Impact: Major transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities in Grenada will ease the daily 24-hour curfew beginning April 20. The measure was first imposed April 6 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The 24-hour curfew will continue, except during new designated public operating hours, which are limited to 0800-1700 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Businesses allowed to operate during these times have been expanded to include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and fuel stations, as well as accountants, butchers, farming and fisheries, hardware stores, insurance companies, telecommunications outlets, and restaurants for deliveries and take-outs only. All public transport remains suspended. Private vehicles are to be restricted to two people only.

The curfew is in addition to the closure of Grenada's airports to all incoming commercial passenger traffic, as well as its seaports to regional and international seafaring and private boating, until further notice. Aircrafts carrying cargo and pre-approved medical personnel have been allowed to land.

It is unclear how long the restrictions will be enforced. The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport throughout Grenada. A larger than usual police presence in the streets is probable. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by authorities in Grenada are similar to actions adopted 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. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. 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. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

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 Organisation (WHO): www.who.int

Government of Grenada - COVID-19: www.covid19.gov.gd