Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Myanmar enforcing stay-home orders in 21 additional townships in Yangon Region from Sept. 10. A nightly curfew in effect across the region.

Alert Begins 10 Sep 2020 06:36 AM UTC
Alert Expires 24 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Yangon Region (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Increased security, transport and business disruptions

The central government is implementing stay-home orders in 21 additional townships in Yangon Region from Sept. 10 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Exceptions from the orders are in place for individuals with emergency, essential, and work purposes. In the affected areas, authorities allow only one person from each household to leave home to obtain supplies, while only two people per household can visit medical facilities. Wearing a facemask is compulsory when in public. Entry and exit in the areas are restricted, with exemptions for people performing official duties or facing emergency situations; people leaving the areas for other reasons must seek permission from local officials. Vehicles cannot operate in or pass by the areas, except those transporting people to and from work, among others. Authorities have not announced any end date for the protocols.

A 0001-0400 nightly curfew remains in place throughout Yangon Region. Gatherings remain limited to 30 people, except for public servants, government-related meetings, food establishments, and essential businesses. Factories can operate after passing government inspections. The government bans food establishments throughout the region from serving dine-in customers; only takeaway and delivery orders are allowed. Additionally, schools remain shut until further notice.

In other parts of Myanmar, some local authorities require arrivals from Yangon to undergo stricter health checks and quarantine at their residence or government-designated facilities. Mandalay Region requires people arriving from Yangon Region and other locations with known COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 21 days at government-designated sites and then self-isolate for seven days at their residences. The restrictions have lowered demand for intercity bus trips from Yangon and led several bus companies to suspend services.

Heightened security, as well as transport and business disruptions, are likely at the townships imposing movement protocols. Officials may introduce new measures or expand the geographic scope of curbs in response to any additional outbreaks in the coming weeks.

Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and cooperative if stopped by security personnel for checks. Avoid crowded areas. Stock up on essential supplies as a precaution. Confirm all travel reservations; consider deferring nonessential travel to and from the affected townships. Make allowances for likely travel restrictions if operating in the region. Abide by national and local health and safety measures. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

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 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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