Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Guyana to enter Phase 3 of reopening plan, easing COVID-19 restrictions July 18. Curfew shortened to 2000-0600, business disruptions remain.

  • Alert Begins: 17 Jul 2020 10:11 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Guyana will initiate Phase 3 of the country's gradual reopening plan on July 18, easing some of the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Mandatory safety measures and restrictions continue to differ in various parts of the country depending on disease activity. Under Phase 3, which will be in effect until at least July 31, the nationwide nightly curfew will be shortened to 2000-0600. Guyana's East Berbice-Corentyne and Mahaica-Berbice regions are exempt from the curfew Mondays through Fridays, although the measure will be in force in the two regions over weekends. The Aranka, Arangoy, and Moruca areas remain under the original 1800-0600 curfew until at least Aug. 3. Public transportation will begin operating under 75-percent capacity.

Businesses previously authorized to open and essential services will continue to operate. Construction and nonessential retail businesses, such as book, clothing, and shoe stores, will be allowed to reopen on a rotational basis unless otherwise instructed by authorities. Food services and restaurants are permitted to open for delivery, drive-through, and take out service between 0600-2400 daily; outdoor dining is allowed at restaurants between 0600-1800. Businesses and other facilities allowed to operate must adhere to government mandates aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced sanitization procedures, compliance with social distancing guidelines, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), among other directives. Such requirements may vary by industry or type of establishment.

International travel restrictions remain in effect. Cheddi Jagan International (GEO) and Eugene Correia International (OGL) airports remain closed through at least Aug. 1 to all incoming international flights, with the exception of cargo, medical evacuation, or other specially authorized flights. Aircraft may also land for refueling purposes only; outgoing flights are still permitted. Passenger travel to neighboring countries remains prohibited. With the exception of merchant vessels, seaports remain closed and ferry services remain suspended until further notice.

Domestic travel by land, sea, and air is strictly limited to governmental purposes and travel to obtain or provide essential goods and services. Land vehicles, maritime vessels, and aircraft providing domestic travel services are limited to carrying no more than 75 percent of their passenger capacities.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

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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