Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Suriname reduced curfew to 2200-0500 nightly since July 6 due to COVID-19 activity. Entertainment establishments, borders remain closed.

  • Alert Begins: 08 Jul 2020 12:02 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 20 Jul 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 scaled back the nightly curfew by two hours to 2200-0500, until further notice. The amended measure came into effect July 6, when officials announced the further easing of restrictions related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Previously restricted businesses, facilities, and activities, including schools, religious group activities, restaurants, casinos, gyms, hairdressing salons, barbershops, and physiotherapy services, may resume subject to sector-specific operating protocols. All individuals and employees must 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. Gatherings within enclosed areas, where social distancing is not possible and adequate ventilation is not available, are limited to five people. Contact sports such as football, basketball, and martial arts are still suspended. Discotheques, nightclubs, dance halls, and brothels will also 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.

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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