Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Honduras extend nationwide curfew and restrictions through at least Sept. 13 due to COVID-19 activity.
Alert Begins 07 Sep 2020 10:32 AM UTC
Alert Expires 14 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Major transport and commercial disruptions, increased police presence
Authorities in Honduras have extended the existing nationwide curfew and movement restrictions through at least 2300 Sept. 13 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for permitted activities one day of the week, 0600-2000, depending on the last digit of the individual's national identification card, legal residency card, or passport, based on the following schedule:
- Sept. 7: The last digit is 7
- Sept. 8: The last digit is 8
- Sept. 9: The last digit is 9
- Sept. 10: The last digit is 0
- Sept. 11: The last digit is 1
- Sept. 12: The last digit is 2
- Sept. 13: The last digit is 3
Senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities will have special access to authorized commercial establishments 0700-0900 and banks 0900-1000, depending on the last digit of the individual's official identification. Emergency personnel, as well as residents working in essential businesses, may circulate on additional days.
Officials will continue to implement business restrictions regionally based on COVID-19 activity and population density. Phase 1 of the recovery plan still applies nationwide, except in certain municipalities which remain at Phase 0. As of Sept. 7, the municipalities of Tela (Atlantida Department) and Omoa (Cortes Department) have progressed to Phase 1 of recovery, while the following areas remain under Phase 0.
- Trujillo, Saba, Tocoa, Bonito Oriental, Reitoca, San Buenaventura, Santa Lucia, Puerto Lempira, Brus Laguna, La Esperanza, Intibuca, San Jose, Santa Maria, La Paz, Las Vegas, Trinidad, Orocuina, Pespire, San Antonio de Flores, Pimienta, Potrerillos, Danili, Moroceli, Sinuapa, Ocotequepe, Juticalpa, Nacaome, Amapala, Langue, San Francisco de Coray, and San Lorenzo
Under Phase 1, businesses may reopen at 20-percent capacity. Under Phase 0, only essential businesses will be allowed to open, including banks and financial services, gas stations, pharmacies, grocery and hardware stores, and certain authorized restaurants. Authorized commercial establishments may only open 0700-1700 Monday-Friday; only pharmacies, supermarkets, and restaurant deliveries may operate on weekends.
All persons are required to wear facemasks in public. Officials have ordered authorized businesses to ensure that customers have covered their mouths and noses, use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing, and do not have a fever. National police will continue to enforce the movement restrictions. Some establishments, facilities, and activities remain suspended or closed nationwide, including urban and interurban public transport, bars, discos, cinemas, gyms, theaters, sports events, convention centers, airports, and educational centers. There is also a ban on private gatherings of more than 10 people.
International flights from all four international airports resumed Aug. 17, while domestic commercial flights started Aug. 10. All incoming international travelers are required to complete the immigration precheck form and must present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Land and sea borders remain closed; however, the transport of cargo goods and supplies are exempt.
Background and Analysis
The restrictions implemented by Honduran authorities are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic March 11. Honduras, like several other governments, has likely begun easing restrictions on businesses regionally due to the need to allow some economic recovery. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.
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.