Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Mauritius lift lockdown measures related to COVID-19 from 2359 May 30. Flights remain suspended until further notice.

This alert affects Mauritius

This alert began 30 May 2020 23:23 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions; heightened security

Summary
Authorities in Mauritius have announced that they will ease further restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) beginning May 31. The nationwide nightly curfew hours of 2000-0800 will be lifted and residents can return to work without the need to obtain special authorization. Supermarkets, shops, malls, restaurants, cafes, and places of worship are also allowed to reopen, provided they observe the country's social distancing and safety guidelines.

Measures that remain in place include:

  • Closure of the country's borders until further notice.
  • Suspension of all flights until further notice; the measure does not apply to cargo or emergency flights.
  • Ban on all religious, cultural, and political gatherings until further notice.
  • Closure of schools through August 1.
  • Closure of beaches, nightclubs, and movie theaters until further notice.
  • Funerals and weddings limited to no more than 10 guests.
  • Ban on cruise ships disembarking in the country's ports until further notice.


Officials could implement further measures or ease existing restrictions, depending on the disease activity in the coming days and weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government of Mauritius are similar to 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.


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