Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials imposing movement controls in seven townships in Yangon, Myanmar, as of Sept. 2 due to COVID-19. Disruptions likely.

Alert Begins 02 Sep 2020 08:35 AM UTC
Alert Expires 16 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

The central government is imposing movement controls in seven townships in Yangon as of Sept. 2, following an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The government ordered residents throughout Hlaing, Insein, Mingaladon, North Okkalapa, Pazundaung, Thaketa, and Thingangyun townships to remain at home, with exceptions for individuals with emergency, essential, and work purposes. Authorities are allowing only one person from each household to leave home to obtain supplies, while only two people per household can visit medical facilities in emergencies. Wearing masks is compulsory when in public. Entry and exit in the areas are restricted, with exemptions for people performing official duties or facing emergency situations. Vehicles cannot operate in or pass by the areas, except those transporting people to and from work, among others. Additionally, schools remain shut until further notice. Authorities have not indicated any end date for the controls.

In other parts of Yangon, officials continue to implement less stringent restrictions as mandated by the central government's nationwide orders. Gatherings remain limited to 30 people, except for public servants, government-related meetings, food establishments, and essential businesses. Restaurants can serve dine-in customers with precautions. Factories can operate after passing government inspections.

Heightened security, as well as transport and business disruptions, are likely at the seven 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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