Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Guyana to continue reopening plans July 3, but extends 1800-0600 curfew through July 16 and maintains border closures due to COVID-19.
- Alert Begins: 03 Jul 2020 01:17 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 16 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Guyana will continue to Phase 2 of the six-phase reopening plan to begin lifting some of the restrictions previously imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Phase 2 will be in effect through July 16. Under this phase, the existing nightly 1800-0600 curfew will remain in place nationwide. Residents must continue to remain in their homes outside curfew times, except for essential work, to access medical facilities or authorized services, and to exercise.
Beginning July 3, the manufacturing sector, public sector construction, medical schools are open outside curfew hours. Previously authorized businesses and essential services will continue to operate as before. All businesses and establishments must ensure that all customers and employees wear protective masks while inside the establishment and maintain at least 1.8 meters (six feet) between each other.
International travel restrictions remain in place. All international flights into the country remain suspended. Cargo and medical evacuation flights may continue under the regulation, as may flights arriving in Guyana solely for refueling purposes. Authorities have also closed ground borders with neighboring countries to passenger travel, closed its seaports to international vessels (except for merchant ships), and suspended ferry services, until further notice. Domestic travel by land, sea, and air is strictly limited to travel for governmental purposes and travel to obtain or provide essential goods and services. No vehicle, vessel, or aircraft on domestic travel may exceed 50 percent of its standard maximum capacity. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have implemented 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. 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. 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.