Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Officials in Grenada extend movement restrictions through at least May 12. International transport restrictions remain in place.
This alert affects Grenada
This alert began 04 May 2020 23:09 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 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 extended movement restrictions through at least 0700 May 12, as part of the country's efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the orders, residents are not allowed to leave their homes except to make essential purchases, to provide essential and critical services, or for additional tasks with written authorization from the Commissioner of Police. They will only be allowed to perform these essential tasks on May 4, May 6, and May 8, between 0800-1700. Outdoor exercise, alone or with members of the same household, is permitted only those days for no more than 90 minutes per day between 0500-1800. 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. Most businesses must remain closed, with the exemption of grocery stores, pharmacies and healthcare facilities, banks, security companies, ports for commercial operations, critical construction projects, and suppliers of basic goods. All beaches 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. Aircraft carrying cargo and pre-approved medical personnel have been allowed to land.
The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport throughout Grenada. A larger-than-usual police presence is likely to enforce the movement 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. 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.
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.