Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Guyana reimpose 1800-0600 curfew nationwide Sept. 1-30 due to COVID-19 activity. Borders remain closed indefinitely.

Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 10:55 AM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 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 reimpose the 1800-0600 curfew nationwide starting Sept. 1 as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The stricter measure will last until at least Sept. 30. Special measures will continue to be enforced in Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region 7), Potaro-Siparuni (Region 8), and Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region 9) during this period. All unauthorized travel in an out of these affected regions will be restricted, and gatherings are limited to no more than five people, whereas elsewhere, the limit is 10 people. Other COVID-19-related measures remain mostly unchanged.

Businesses previously authorized to open under the country's ongoing reopening plan and essential services will continue to operate as before, with only minor revisions. Food services and restaurants are permitted to open for delivery, drive-through, and take out service, as well as outdoor dining, 0600-1700. Public sector workers will continue operating on a rotational basis unless otherwise instructed by authorities. 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. Places of worship are restricted to 25 percent of the building capacity and must be limited to 45 minutes per session.

International travel restrictions remain in effect. Cheddi Jagan International (GEO) and Eugene Correia International (OGL) airports remain closed to all incoming international flights, with the exception of cargo, medical evacuation, or other specially authorized and repatriation flights. Aircraft may also land for refueling purposes only; outgoing flights are still permitted. 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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