Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Grenada extends 1900-0500 curfew through June 3 and further relaxes business and seaport restrictions. Other restrictions remain.

This alert affects Grenada

This alert began 27 May 2020 12:18 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Jun 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 announced new measures May 26-June 3, including an extension of the nightly curfew 1900-0500 and the easing of other restrictions, in response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Only critical services are allowed to operate during curfew hours. Outside these hours, residents are still urged to remain in their homes. In addition to previously authorized businesses and industries, all retail stores and personal care services may resume 0800-1700 on business days, beginning May 26. Other existing measures remain unchanged. All businesses are required to operate under strict social distancing and hygiene protocols. The use of a protective 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 will remain closed.

Grenada's airports remain closed to all incoming commercial passenger traffic. Aircraft carrying cargo, pre-approved medical personnel, and authorized returning citizens have been allowed to land. As of May 25, Grenada reopened its seaports to regional and international recreational vessels; limited domestic inter-island ferry services previously resumed. All persons arriving by sea will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at an approved location.

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, previously 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. 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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