Critical Alert


Argentina extends COVID-19 restrictions in Buenos Aires and municipalities across all but seven provinces until Nov. 8.

 

Summary
Authorities in Argentina have extended the strict isolation measures in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area locations across all but seven provinces until Nov. 8 as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In these higher-risk areas, provincial governments will enforce a range of restrictions on public transport, interdepartmental travel, and nonessential commercial activities, such as entertainment and recreational, cultural, and sports activities. In addition to Buenos Aires, areas will be under social, preventive, and compulsory isolation (ASPO); restrictions will be in place in the following provinces until Nov. 8:

  • Buenos Aires: General Pueyrredon, Bahia Blanca, San Nicolas, Capitan Sarmiento, General Belgrano, General Madariaga, Laprida, Pila, Pinamar, Saladillo, San Cayetano, Tordillo, and Tandil
  • Chaco: San Fernando, Comandante Fernandez, Mayor Luis Jorge Fontana, and Chacabuco
  • Chubut: Biedma, Rawson, Gaiman, Sarmiento, and Escalante
  • Cordoba: Cordoba, Santa Maria, Punilla, Colon, Tercero Arriba, and General San Martin
  • La Rioja: Chilecito
  • Mendoza: Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo, Las Heras, Maipu, Guaymallen, Godoy Cruz, Tunuyan, and Tupungato
  • Neuquen: Neuquen, Plottier, Centenario, Senillosa, Cutral Co, Plaza Huincul, and Zapala
  • Rio Negro: Bariloche, Dina Huapi, General Roca, and Adolfo Alsina
  • Salta: Salta
  • San Juan: Rawson and San Juan
  • San Luis: San Luis and General Pedernera
  • Santa Cruz: Rio Gallegos, El Calafate, Puerto Deseado, and Caleta Olivia
  • Santa Fe: Rosario, Santa Fe, General Lopez, Caseros, Constitucion, San Lorenzo Las Colonias, and Castellanos
  • Santiago del Estero: Santiago del Estero and Banda
  • Tierra del Fuego: Rio Grande
  • Tucuman: Tucuman


All other areas in these provinces and all of Misiones, Corrientes, Formosa, Entre Rios, Catamarca, Jujuy, and La Pampa provinces will remain under the social, preventive, and compulsory distancing (DISPO) phase of reopening, which allows for more flexibility. Meanwhile, Buenos Aires will continue with its concurrent reopening plan. From Oct. 26, restrictions on schools and universities, restaurants and bars, gyms and swimming pools, craft markets, and places of worship will be eased. Restaurants (for sit-in dining), gyms, and dance studios may operate at 25-percent capacity, and museum visits will be permitted.

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 or are subject to strict operating protocols. Tourism activities remain banned. Residents are required to wear protective face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines when in public.

Domestic Travel
Domestic flights and long-distance buses and trains have resumed; however, interprovincial travel remains highly restricted, reserved only for essential workers, persons requiring medical attention, individuals intending to return to their home provinces, and other individuals with special authorization. The availability of domestic flights depends on the discretion of airlines to resume flight routes. Authorities are likely to continue the established checkpoints along thoroughfares to enforce internal travel restrictions.

International Travel
A ban on entry by all nonresident foreign nationals remains in place until further notice. International cargo, medical and humanitarian transport, and returning nationals are exempt; however, truck drivers and aircraft flight crews may be subject to enhanced screening measures. While most international commercial passenger flights are suspended, the government has previously made agreements with some European and regional carriers to offer limited flights out of Buenos Aires.

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

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements and business appointments. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

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.

 

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