Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Seychelles to enforce nightly 1900-0600 curfew April 17-29, as part of measures to halt spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Seychelles

This alert began 15 Apr 2020 11:36 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: April 17-29
  • Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Seychelles have announced a nightly 1900-0600 curfew April 17-29 as the latest measure aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Only essential workers, such as security personnel, will be permitted to operate in public. Other recent measures in effect include:

  • The closure of Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) until the end of April. Cargo transport remains open with heightened screening measures.
  • As of April 9, there is a three-week period of confinement for all persons in the country. Nonessential movement is restricted. The essential sectors will remain operational. Grocery stores are open. From April 17, all essential shops will close 1800-0630.
  • No formal or informal gatherings or activities are allowed.
  • Public bus services will be reduced to the level necessary to provide transportation of staff for essential services.
  • Physical distancing must be observed at all times.


Additional health and security measures may be implemented with little notice in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
Seychelles's preventative restrictions correspond with similar actions other governments are taking globally in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 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.

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.

Resources
World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int

Ministry of Public Health and Hygiene: www.health.gov.sc