Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials announce 14-day lockdown in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from July 27. Transport restrictions are imposed.

  • Alert Begins: 27 Jul 2020 03:31 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 10 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Port Moresby (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least Aug. 10
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security; possible protests

Authorities announced a 14-day lockdown period throughout Papua New Guinea's National Capital District effective from July 27 following an increase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area. Under the restrictions, domestic flights from Port Moresby are banned, and public transport services are suspended in the region. Taxis can continue to operate if both the driver and any passengers wear protective face coverings. Officials have told residents to defer travel outside of the National Capital Region. An overnight curfew is in effect from 2200-0500. Nonessential businesses operations, schools, and religious services are to remain suspend for the duration of the controls. Officials could extend the lockdown period or announce additional restrictions at short notice.

The directives will prompt business disruptions throughout the National Capital Region for the duration of the lockdown. Security personnel have deployed to enforce the restrictions. Panic buying is possible. Protests and incidents of looting cannot be ruled out.

Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. If an unruly crowd forms nearby, immediately leave the area and seek shelter in a secure location. Stock up on essential supplies. Confirm all travel reservations. Defer nonessential travel to and from the National Capital Region. Make allowances for likely domestic travel restrictions if operating in nearby regions, including parts of Central Province.

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