Paraguay announces new phase of COVID-19 recovery Oct. 5-25; restrictions on social activities eased. Borders remain closed.
Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 10:55 AM UTC
Alert Expires 26 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Commercial and transport disruptions
Authorities in Paraguay have announced a new phase of the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan, with a loosening of restrictions on gatherings and events for the period Oct. 5-25. The four-phased "Smart Quarantine" will no longer be implemented; however, some restrictions will continue to be enforced through Oct. 25. The following measures, including activities which are now permitted, are in effect as of Oct. 5:
- Individuals are only allowed outside their homes to 0500-2359 daily.
- Commercial activity is permitted 0500-2359; however, common areas are to stay closed.
- Restaurants and other food establishments may operate between 0500-2359, by reservation only. Dance and bar areas are to remain closed.
- Home delivery and call center services, as well as pharmacies, may operate 24 hours.
- Cultural and religious activities are permitted with a maximum of 50 people, and with individuals maintaining 2 meters (6 feet) between each other.
- Social events in public and private spaces are permitted with a maximum of 30 people, and with individuals maintaining 2 meters (6 feet) between each other. Social events in the home are limited to 12 people only. Children's events are prohibited.
- Outdoor group exercise is limited to a maximum of four people.
- All face-to-face classes remain suspended.
- Interdepartmental travel is permitted without restriction.
All businesses and individuals are required to adhere to strict social distancing protocols and enhanced sanitization measures. It is mandatory to wear facemasks in closed public spaces, on public roads, on public transport, and in places where physical distancing is not possible.
International borders remain closed, and all commercial passenger flights are suspended until further notice. Officials make limited exceptions for repatriation flights. Cargo is still permitted to cross borders. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Background and Analysis
President Mario Abdo Benitez launched the country's COVID-19 recovery plan through the Smart Quarantine May 4 to allow for the reopening of the economy while maintaining adequate standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, restrictions may be reapplied nationwide or in targeted, localized areas. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.
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.