Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Haiti continue easing internal restrictions as of July 30. A 0001-0400 curfew remains in effect until further notice.

  • Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 01:51 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions, increased security; possible protests and clashes

Authorities in Haiti are continuing to ease restrictions introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 30. Restrictions on economic activities have been lifted, factories are permitted to operate at 100 percent capacity, and education facilities and places of worship have begun gradually reopening. Although the government lifted the nation's state of health emergency July 20, some associated measures will remain in place until further notice. The 0001-0400 nightly curfew will continue to be enforced. Individuals are still urged to limit themselves to essential movements only outside of curfew hours, and must wear a protective facemask in public spaces.

Authorities reopened the country's borders and allowed the resumption of commercial passenger flights at airports in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien June 30. Despite the airport reopening, flight options are likely to remain limited over the coming weeks. Arriving passengers will be subject to advanced health screenings. While Haiti has reopened its land border to passenger traffic, authorities in the Dominican Republic maintain the closure of its borders to travelers. Cargo transport has not been restricted. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

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. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, 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. 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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