Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Honduras extends nationwide movement restrictions until Aug. 2 due to COVID-19 activity. Restrictions tightened in some major cities.
- Alert Begins: 27 Jul 2020 02:20 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 03 Aug 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 nationwide movement restrictions through at least 2300 Aug. 2 as part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A nationwide curfew remains in place, and residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for permitted activities one day of the week, between 0700-1700, depending on the last digit of the individual's national identification card, legal residency card, or passport, based on the following schedule:
- July 27: The last digit is 1
- July 28: The last digit is 2
- July 29: The last digit is 3
- July 30: The last digit is 4
- July 31: The last digit is 5
- Aug. 1-2: No residents are allowed to leave their homes
Senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities may enter authorized commercial establishments 0700-0900 and banks 0900-1000, depending on the last digit of the individual's official identification.
The degree of business restrictions will continue to be implemented according to region. The regions are divided according to COVID-19 activity levels and population density. Phase 1 of the recovery plan still applies nationwide, except in Distrito Central, San Pedro Sula, Olancho, Choluteca, Atlantida, Comayagua, Santa Barbara, Lempira, and Colon, which remain on Phase 0. 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 Mondays to Fridays; only pharmacies, supermarkets, and restaurant deliveries may operate on weekends.
All persons are required to wear protective masks in public. Officials have ordered all 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.
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 since March 17; it is unclear when they will resume. The transport of cargo goods and supplies are exempt. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
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. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. 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.