Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Suriname impose lockdown until 0500 Sept. 7 due to COVID-19 activity; additional lockdown planned Sept. 11-14. Borders remain closed.

Alert Begins 05 Sep 2020 11:52 AM UTC
Alert Expires 14 Sep 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

Summary
Authorities in Suriname have imposed a nationwide lockdown until 0500 Sept. 7 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities also announced a similar lockdown would be imposed from 2000 Sept. 11-0500 Sept. 14. Essential workers, including medical workers and emergency services personnel, are exempt from the restriction.

Authorities will continue to enforce the 2000-0500 curfew on weekdays until further notice, 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. Existing measures that will remain in place include:

 

  • 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.

 


Most international passenger movement at all ports of entry remains banned until further notice. Authorities have made provisions for cargo, medical, and repatriation flights. Officials have permitted limited commercial passenger flights to and from the Netherlands to continue. Domestic passenger flights can operate under strict guidelines. The movement of essential goods by land remains ongoing; however, enhanced health screenings may result in delivery delays. Authorities are enforcing heightened security measures 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.

Advice
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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