Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Montserrat lifts curfew and other internal restrictions as of July 1. Travel ban for nonresident foreign travelers still in place.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 11:10 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 13 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Islandwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of July 1, officials in Montserrat have all lifted all curfew measures and restrictions on movements and operations introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nonetheless, operating protocols remain, and establishments must still enforce social distancing, sanitization, and other sector-specific precautionary measures. The limit on the number of people permitted to gather remains 10.

International movement restrictions remain in place until further notice. Officials previously banned the entry of nonresident foreigners to Montserrat. The crews of aircraft and ships, as well as the immediate family members of Monserratians, are excluded from the ban. Those who are eligible to enter must self-quarantine for 14 days. Cargo transport is not affected by travel bans. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments have begun implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. However, international movement restrictions are likely to be protracted in Montserrat. 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.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.

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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