Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Suriname to enforce 2100-0500 curfew through Aug. 10 due to COVID-19 activity. Entertainment establishments, borders remain closed. 

  • Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 12:16 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 11 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions, increased security; possible demonstrations

Authorities in Suriname have extended the revised 2100-0500 through at least Aug. 10, as part of the government's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, while still allowing for some recovery. All individuals and employees must continue to adhere to regular hygiene protocols and physical distancing measures, including keeping 1.5 meters (5 feet) between individuals and wearing a nose and mouth covering. Businesses that are permitted to open must enforce strict operating protocols. Other measures in place through Aug. 10 are:


  • Gatherings of any type are limited to five people.


  • Restaurants and other eateries may only open for outside dining and takeaways.


  • All gyms are to remain closed, and all contact sports, such as football, basketball, and martial arts, remain suspended.


  • Contact professions, such as hairdressing salons, barbershops, and physiotherapists, are required to adhere to industry-specific operating protocols.


  • Casinos, discotheques, nightclubs, dance halls, and brothels remain closed.


International passenger movement at all ports of entry is still banned until further notice. Officials have made provisions for cargo, medical, and repatriation flights. Domestic passenger flights are also permitted under strict guidelines. The movement of essential goods by land remains ongoing; however, enhanced health screenings may result in delivery delays. Heightened security measures are being enforced along the country's eastern borders. All restrictions 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. 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.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel and transportation arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.

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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