Critical Alert


Authorities in Guyana to impose COVID-19-related 2230-0400 curfew nationwide through Nov. 30. Entry requirements remain in place.

 

Summary
As of Nov. 2, authorities in Guyana will enforce a 2230-0400 curfew nationwide through Nov. 30 as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Special measures will also be enforced in Barima-Waini (Region 1) and Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region 9) through least Nov. 30. Authorities will restrict all unauthorized travel in an out of these affected regions. Other domestic restrictions will also continue to be enforced.

Domestic Restrictions
In addition to the nationwide curfew, other COVID-19-related measures remain ongoing, albeit with some easing of restrictions on commercial operating hours and on gyms and fitness centers:

  • Authorized businesses may operate 0400-2130 daily.
  • Food services and restaurants are permitted to open for delivery, drive-through, and take-out service, as well as outdoor dining, 0400-2130.
  • 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; however, the limit in Regions 1 and 9 is five people.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may reopen at 50-percent capacity by appointment only. Sporting events may be held subject to official approval.
  • Social activities are prohibited, including hosting or visiting cinemas, private parties, 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 there is adherence to social distancing protocols.
  • Individuals are required to wear a facemask in public spaces.


Businesses, government establishments, and other facilities allowed to operate must adhere to government mandates to reduce 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
Authorities previously reopened Cheddi Jagan International (GEO) and Eugene Correia International (OGL) airports to international commercial flights following an extended closure in March. Persons entering Guyana by air will be required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken up to seven days before travel, according to two category options:

  • Test taken up to 72 hours before travel: Travelers will be subject to additional health screenings at the airport, including temperature checks; however, there will be no requirements for further testing.
  • Test taken 4-7 days before travel: Travelers will be subject to additional health screenings at the airport, including temperature checks, as well as a second COVID-19 test on arrival at the traveler's expense. Persons who test positive may be subject to quarantine protocols at the discretion of the health officials.


Authorities in neighboring Brazil and Suriname have closed their land borders to most nonresident foreign nationals; however, cargo transportation is exempt from the travel bans. Domestic travel by land, sea, and air is strictly limited to government 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. Authorities could impose highly targeted localized measures in some communities in response to increased activity.

 

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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