Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Grenada extend the mandatory 24-hour curfew through April 20 due to COVID-19. Nonessential business and services limited.

This alert affects Grenada

This alert began 07 Apr 2020 09:28 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 20
  • Impact: Major transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities in Grenada have extended the mandatory 24-hour curfew through 0700 April 20. Officials first imposed the curfew April 6 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for groceries and medical emergencies. Grocery stores and supermarkets will open 0800-1200 on designated days. All nonessential businesses and services will close, including restaurants and fuel stations. The government has also barred the use of public transport and the hiring of cars and taxis.

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 will be allowed to land. Officials could expand or amend the orders on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Authorities may take additional measures in the coming days, especially if the spread of COVID-19 continues. The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport in the country, with larger than usual police presence in the streets. 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