Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Authorities in Honduras amend restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through May 1.
This alert affects Honduras
This alert began 23 Apr 2020 20:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 May 2020 12:00 GMT.
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least May 1
- Impact: Major transport and commercial disruptions; increased police presence
Authorities in Honduras have amended the travel, movement, and other restrictions that are in force on the national and local levels through at least May 1, as part of the country's effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Because of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the departments of Colon and Cortes and the municipality of El Progreso, Yoro Department, authorities have imposed and extended emergency measures in those areas. Throughout Colon, Cortes, and El Progreso, Yoro, residents may only leave their homes between 0900-1700 on a designated day of the week to procure food, fuel, and medical supplies, or to avail themselves of banking services. The particular day on which a resident may leave home to perform such tasks is dictated by the last digit of the individual's national identification card, legal residency card, or passport, as follows:
- April 23: Last digit is 2
- April 24: Last digit is 3
- April 25: Last digit is 4
- April 26: Last digit is 5
- April 27: Last digit is 6
- April 28: Last digit is 7
- April 29: Last digit is 8
- April 30: Last digit is 9
- May 1: Last digit is 0
Additionally, only persons over 30, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities may enter supermarkets and pharmacies 0700-0900 and banks 0900-1000. Fuel stations may only be open 0800-1300. Businesses are ordered to ensure that customers cover their mouths and noses with masks, use disinfectant hand gel, practice social distancing, and do not have fevers.
Elsewhere in the country, previously declared measures remain in place until at least April 26. Residents may leave their homes between 0700-1700 on a designated day of the week to procure food, fuel, and medical supplies, or to avail themselves of banking services. The particular day on which a resident may leave home to perform such tasks is dictated by the last digit of the individual's national identification card, legal residency card, or passport, as follows:
- Monday: Last digit is 1 or 2
- Tuesday: Last digit is 3 or 4
- Wednesday: Last digit is 5 or 6
- Thursday: Last digit is 7 or 8
- Friday: Last digit is 9 or 0
Persons over the age of 60, pregnant women, and disabled persons will be served at authorized supermarkets and pharmacies 0700-0900 and banks 0900-1000 on their assigned days. All persons are required to wear face masks in public. National police will continue to enforce the curfew.
These measures are in addition to the previously announced closure of land, air, and sea borders, as well as the suspension of public transportation, and ban on large gatherings. International flight operations have been suspended at Toncontin International Airport (TGU), Goloson International Airport (LCE), and Roatan Juan Manuel Galvez Airport (RTB) since March 17. The government may expand its preventative measures and movement restrictions locally over the coming days and weeks. It is unclear how long these measures will last. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Honduran authorities are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
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.
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int
Government of Honduras - COVID-19: www.covid19honduras.org