Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Major movement and travel restrictions set to continue in Mauritius through at least May 4 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Mauritius

This alert began 13 Apr 2020 09:25 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 4
  • Impact: Movement and travel restrictions

Summary
Authorities continue to implement measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The government has announced an extension of the current movement restrictions, initially implemented March 20, through at least May 4. Only essential businesses are open, and authorities only allow essential movement. A 2000-0800 curfew reportedly remains in place. Passenger flights remain suspended as of April 13. Officials have banned cruise ships from disembarking in Mauritius. Other social distancing measures are in place, with officials announcing school closures. Further restrictions are possible in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in recent days 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. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
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.

Resources
World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int

Ministry of Health and Wellness: http://health.govmu.org