Critical Alert

Guyana reduces nationwide COVID-19 curfew to 2100-0400, extends restrictions until Oct. 31. International airports closed through Oct. 11. 


Alert Begins 01 Oct 2020 10:03 AM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant travel and business disruptions

 

Summary
Authorities in Guyana have announced new, slightly relaxed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures Oct. 1-31. The nationwide curfew will be scaled back and enforced 2100-0400 nightly. Special measures will continue to be enforced in Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region 7) and Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region 9) during this period. All unauthorized travel in an out of these affected regions will be restricted. Other COVID-19-related measures in place as of Oct. 1 are:

 

  • Authorized businesses may operate 0400-2000 daily.
  • Food services and restaurants are permitted to open for delivery, drive-through, and take-out service, as well as outdoor dining, 0400-2000.
  • Public sector workers will continue operating on a rotational basis unless otherwise instructed by authorities.
  • Places of worship are restricted to 25 percent of the building capacity and must be limited to 45 minutes per session.
  • All gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people, except in Region 7 and Region 9, where the limit is five people.
  • Social activities are prohibited, including hosting or visiting cinemas, private parties, competitive sporting events, receptions, entertainment establishments (bars, rum shops, clubs, and discotheques), public pools, and vigils and wakes.
  • Outdoor exercise is permitted for 90 minutes a day, provided social distancing protocols are adhered to.
  • Individuals are required to wear a facemask in public spaces.


Businesses, government establishments, and other facilities allowed to operate must adhere to government mandates aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced sanitization procedures, compliance with social distancing guidelines, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), among other directives. Such requirements may vary by industry or type of establishment.

International and Domestic Travel
International travel restrictions remain in effect. Cheddi Jagan International (GEO) and Eugene Correia International (OGL) airports remain closed to all incoming international flights through at least Oct. 11, with the exception of cargo, medical evacuation, departing, or other specially authorized and repatriation flights. Aircraft may also land for refueling purposes. With the exception of merchant vessels, seaports remain closed, and ferry services remain suspended until further notice. Domestic travel by land, sea, and air is strictly limited to governmental purposes and travel to obtain or provide essential goods and services. Land vehicles, maritime vessels, and aircraft providing domestic travel services are limited to carrying no more than 75 percent of their passenger capacities.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel 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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