Argentina to tighten COVID-19 restrictions in departments across 18 provinces through Oct. 25. Borders remain closed.
Alert Begins 12 Oct 2020 08:58 AM UTC
Alert Expires 26 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions; increased security
President Alberto Fernandez announced that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions would be tightened or maintained in specific departments across all provinces in the country Oct. 12-25, except in Catamarca, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, La Pampa, and Misiones, where the incidence of COVID-19 cases is low. Officials have yet to specify all the departments subject to stricter measures; however, President Fernandez has stated that the provinces of Cordoba, Jujuy, Mendoza, Neuquen, Santa Fe, Tierra del Fuego, and Tucuman require more serious attention. Meanwhile, the Buenos Aires metropolitan region will continue its gradual reopening plans.
The exact nature of the tightened restrictions has not been announced, though it is likely that provincial governments will be tasked with setting new measures, as Cordoba officials have done. Stricter measures are likely to be imposed on public transport, interdepartmental travel, and nonessential commercial activities, such as entertainment, recreational, cultural, and sports activities.
Some nationwide measures are in place regardless of location. All indoor social gatherings remain banned, though outdoor social groups with no more than 10 people are permitted. Cinemas, theaters, clubs, and cultural centers remain mostly closed. Tourism activities remain banned. Residents are required to wear protective face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines when in public.
The Buenos Aires metropolitan region will continue the next phase of its reopening plan from Oct. 13, with the following easing of restrictions to come into effect:
- The entire construction sector, single-employer domestic workers, the film industry, private driving academies, and some public services may resume operations.
- Certain school activities may resume for specified grades. Education workers may use public transport along with other essential workers.
- Outdoor cultural and entertainment activities and events will be permitted. Outdoor social gatherings at sports institutions will also be permitted will a maximum of 10 people.
- Non-contact group sport is permitted with up to 10 people, and no more than three groups.
- Religious services at funerals will be permitted.
International and Domestic Travel
A ban on entry by all nonresident foreign nationals remains in place until further notice. International cargo, medical, and humanitarian transport are exempt; however, truck drivers and aircraft flight crews may be subject to enhanced screening measures. While most domestic and international commercial passenger flights are suspended, the government has made agreements with some European and regional carriers to offer limited flights out of Buenos Aires. Generally, only essential workers are permitted to travel between provinces; authorities have established checkpoints along thoroughfares to enforce internal travel restrictions. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
Reconfirm all travel arrangements before travel. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Heed the instructions of the local authorities.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent hand-washing 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.