Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis extends nightly curfew through Aug. 1; borders to remain closed due to COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 26 Jul 2020 05:23 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant travel, transport, and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis have extended the existing 2359-0500 curfew through Aug. 1 as part of the government's ongoing response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). During curfew hours, residents may only leave their homes for medical emergencies or essential work, such as in the health, medical, or security sectors. Most businesses have been permitted to reopen; however, businesses are still required to enforce strict social and physical distancing protocols and enhanced sanitation measures. Individuals are required to wear a mask over their mouths and noses in all public spaces.

The government continues to lift some measures as part of the recovery plans, while some will remain in place. Educational facilities are to remain closed, and most social activities are prohibited. Authorities are permitting the following, subject to social distancing and enhanced hygiene requirements:

 

  • Sports and recreational activities may resume, and gymnasiums may reopen.

 

  • Beaches may fully reopen subject to the curfew hours.

 

  • Churches and places of worship may operate daily. Funerals and weddings are permitted under strict regulations.

 

  • Regulated road and sea transport services may operate at 100 capacity, except for recreational purposes.

 


The government previously ordered the closure of all air and sea ports to arriving nonresidents, legal residents, and nationals March 25. However, from June 29, nationals and legal residents were permitted to re-enter, subject to a 14-day quarantine at a government-designated site. Cargo, commercial courier, and medical aircraft and vessels are not affected. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have implemented 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. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

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. 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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