Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Grenada lifts nightly coronavirus-related curfew as of 0700 July 7. Airports and seaports to remain closed through at least July 14.

  • Alert Begins: 07 Jul 2020 06:48 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Grenada are continuing to ease restrictions that had been implemented as part of the island nation's effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The administration in Saint George's lifted the country's nightly curfew effective 0700 July 7; however, residents must wear protective face coverings and comply with social distancing guidelines at all times when outside their homes.

Under the same directive, which will remain in force through at least 2359 July 14, authorities have also extended certain regional and international travel bans. Except where otherwise authorized by special permit from the Airports Authority, all of Grenada's airports will remain closed to incoming international passenger flights. The nation's seaports will remain closed to all incoming regional and international passenger vessels. Aircraft and ships transporting cargo are exempt from the closure, as are commercial courier flights, medical or other emergency flights, and flights carrying diplomats. There is no restriction on aircraft and maritime vessels leaving Grenada.

Numerous businesses, facilities, and other establishments are allowed to continue operating, provided they comply with mandates aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced sanitization procedures, social-distancing guidelines, and special Ministry of Health authorizations, among other requirements. Such measures may vary by industry and type of establishment. Authorities continue to encourage businesses to allow employees to work from home to the extent possible.

The Grenadan government could reimpose, tighten, further ease, or otherwise amend COVID-19-related restrictions with little to no notice, depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
Several governments have begun implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. These decisions have been made due to the need to allow economic recovery, mostly with consideration for local disease activity and authorities' preparedness to respond. 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 and operating protocols.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.

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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