Guatemala lifts 2100-0400 curfew and loosens restrictions on recreational and leisure businesses and activities as of Oct. 1.
Alert Begins 02 Oct 2020 10:00 AM UTC
Alert Expires 12 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
As of Oct . 1, authorities in Guatemala have lifted the nationwide daily 2100-0400 curfew and eased restrictions on leisure and recreational activities, as part of ending of the state of calamity introduced in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Bars and other recreational establishments may reopen. National parks, archaeological sites, fairs, theaters, swimming pools, gyms may reopen and concerts may resume, subject to capacity limits established within COVID-19 four-tier classification system. This system divides the country according to the level of COVID-19 activity in each municipality, ranging from Red, the highest, to Green, the lowest.
Some nationwide measures will remain unchanged. Individuals must continue to use facemasks that cover their mouths and noses while in public; failure to do so may result in a fine. Individuals are also urged to continue enforcing social distancing and adequate hygiene protocols. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in commercial establishments 2100-0600 daily, except on Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1, 2021
Officials reopened the country's land, air, and sea ports of entry to passenger traffic Sept. 18. All persons entering Guatemala must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to no more than 72 hours before their arrival. Authorities will enforce additional health protocols and screenings at La Aurora International Airport (GUA); passengers arriving by air are also required to complete an online Health Pass before arrival. If Guatemalan citizens or residents do not present the negative test or have COVID-19 related symptoms, they will be taken to an isolation center for further screenings; if nonresident foreign nationals do not present a negative test or have COVID-19-related symptoms, they will not be allowed to enter Guatemala.
All measures are subject to amendment at short notice. Authorities may reapply or further ease restrictions depending on COVID-19 activity. Transport and business disruptions are likely to persist despite reopening plans.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all appointments and 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.