Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Grenada to enforce 1900-0500 curfew and relax business restrictions as of May 12. International transport restrictions remain in place.

This alert affects Grenada

This alert began 12 May 2020 10:10 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Major transport and business disruptions, increased security

Authorities in Grenada have announced reduced curfew hours and a phased reopening of businesses as of May 12, until further notice. The curfew is part of the country's ongoing efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and will be enforced nightly 1900-0500. Only critical services are allowed outside during curfew hours.

Approved businesses will also be allowed to operate with expanded hours Monday-Sunday 0800-1700. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and healthcare facilities, banks, security companies, ports for commercial operations, critical construction projects, and suppliers of basic goods will continue to operate. Additional approved businesses and industries include construction, real estate, laundromats, landscapers and gardeners, flower shops, consumer credit stores, and companies offering payday loans. All businesses are required to operate under strict social distancing and hygiene protocols. The use of a face mask has been mandated for individuals in public spaces or if traveling in a vehicle with at least one other person. Other nonessential businesses and facilities, including personal service businesses and beaches, will remain closed.

Additionally, Grenada's airports remain closed to all incoming commercial passenger traffic and its seaports to regional and international seafaring and private boating until further notice. However, domestic inter-island ferry services have resumed. Aircraft carrying cargo, pre-approved medical personnel, and authorized returning citizens have been allowed to land.

Business and transport disruptions are likely to persist despite the gradual easing of business restrictions. 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, a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The decision taken by officials in Grenada to relax some business restrictions has likely been taken to allow for some economic recovery. 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.

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.

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