Critical Alert

Officials in Chile amend coronavirus disease-related restrictions as of Oct. 9. Nationwide 2300-0500 curfew remains in effect.

Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 08:51 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

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

 

Summary
As of Oct. 9, officials in Chile have amended national and local restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific measures imposed vary by location and intensity based on local disease activity. A two-phase quarantine system remains in effect. In locations under Phase-1 quarantines, all individuals must remain in their homes every day unless they possess a safe-conduct pass. For those under Phase-2 quarantines, individuals are only required to remain in their homes on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, unless they possess a safe-conduct pass.

Some locations have advanced to Phase 3, which removes quarantine mandates. In Phase 3 locations, nationwide restrictions remain in effect and non-quarantine orders, such as capacity limits in businesses and school closures, continue to be enforced.

Nationwide
Authorities have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country. Such persons are permitted to leave Chile; however, international flight options are limited. Returning Chilean citizens and residents are subject to a 14-day quarantine period. Individuals entering the country must fill out health affidavits and undergo medical screenings.

A nightly 2300-0500 curfew is in effect indefinitely; residents must remain in their homes during curfew hours. All persons over the age of 75 must stay in their homes; exceptions are in place for limited outings and depending on COVID-19 activity levels in the area. Events with more than 50 people remain prohibited. Nonessential businesses, including theaters, bars, and public gymnasiums, are closed until further notice. Restaurants may only operate for delivery or carry-out services; seated dining remains banned.

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days or until they no longer present symptoms, whichever is longer. Anyone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact or prolonged exposure (two or more hours in a shared home, hotel, or office) with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 14 days.

All persons must wear protective face coverings while in public, including in parks, on mass transit vehicles, and in elevators. Health officials recommend medical-grade masks, but improvised or homemade coverings are permitted as long as they cover both the nose and mouth.

All persons must adhere to social distancing measures by keeping at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from each other. Exceptions are in place for individuals sharing vehicles and residences or engaged in work or other activities where maintaining such a distance is impossible.

Cleaning and disinfecting of all workplaces must occur at least once daily. Moreover, the cleaning of all tools and other items used by workers must happen each time a different employee uses them, and no less than once a day.

Santiago Metropolitan Region
The following areas are under a Phase-1 quarantine:

 

  • The borough of Pichidegua
  • The borough of San Vicente
  • The borough of Santa Cruz

 


The following areas are under a Phase-2 quarantine:

 

  • The borough of Buin
  • The borough of Cerro Navia
  • The borough of Conchali
  • The borough of El Monte
  • The borough of Independencia
  • The borough of La Cisterna
  • The borough of La Florida
  • The borough of La Granja
  • The borough of La Pintana
  • The borough of Las Condes
  • The borough of Lo Espejo
  • The borough of Lo Prado
  • The borough of Macul
  • The borough of Maipu
  • The borough of Melipilla
  • The borough of Nunoa
  • The borough of Paine
  • The borough of Penaflor
  • The borough of Providencia
  • The borough of Pudahuel
  • The borough of Puente Alto
  • The borough of Renca
  • The borough of San Bernardo
  • The borough of San Joaquin
  • The urban areas of the borough of San Jose de Maipo
  • The borough of San Miguel
  • The borough of San Ramon
  • The borough of Vitacura

 


Authorities have established checkpoints near the borders of Santiago Province and the boroughs of Buin, Colina, Lampa, Padre Hurtado, Puente Alto, and San Bernardo. Any person crossing these checkpoints must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history. The region will be cordoned off 1800 Oct. 9-2300 Oct. 12, with entry and exit prohibited except to those with a safe-conduct pass.

Antofagasta Region
The urban areas of Antofagasta and Mejillones are under a Phase-2 quarantine, as is the borough of Calama.

Araucania Region
The boroughs of Carahue, Ercilla, Loncoche, Lonquimay, Saavedra, Teodoro Schmidt, and Villarrica are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The boroughs of Angol, Cholchol, Cunco, Galvarino, Lautaro, Nueva Imperial, Padre Las Casas, Renaico, Temuco, and Victoria are under a phase-2 quarantine.

Temuco and Padre Las Casas will be cordoned off 1800 Oct. 9-2300 Oct. 12, with entry and exit prohibited except to those with a safe-conduct pass.

Arica Region
The urban area of the borough of Arica is under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Atacama Region
The borough of Vallenar is under a Phase-1 quarantine. The boroughs of Copiapo and Tierra Amarilla are under a Phase-2 quarantine.

Aysen Region
The borough of Coyhaique is under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Aysen Region is indefinitely cordoned off, with entry and exit prohibited except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass. Persons entering the region from Los Lagos must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Bio-Bio Region
The boroughs of Chiguayante, Concepcion, Coronel, Curanilahue, Hualpen, Lebu, Los Alamos, Lota, Penco, San Pedro de la Paz, Talcahuano, and Tome are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The urban area of Gran Concepcion will be cordoned off 1800 Oct. 9-2300 Oct. 12, with entry and exit prohibited except to those with a safe-conduct pass.

Coquimbo Region
The boroughs of Coquimbo, La Serena, and Ovalle are under a Phase-2 quarantine. The borough of Andacollo will be cordoned off 2300 Oct. 2-2300 Oct. 4. Persons entering from Valparaiso Region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Los Lagos Region
The boroughs of Frutillar, Maullin, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Rio Negro, and San Juan de la Costa are under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Chiloe Province remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Persons entering or exiting the region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Persons entering Chiloe Island from any point of departure must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history.

Persons entering or exiting Ancud must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history.

Public transportation throughout the region may only operate at 50-percent capacity; the number of passengers allowed in taxis remains restricted.

Los Rios Region
The boroughs of Corral, Lanco, Paillaco, Panguipulli, Rio Bueno, and Valdivia are under a Phase-2 quarantine. Los Rios Region is indefinitely cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Magallanes Region
The boroughs of Natales, Porvenir, and Punta Arenas are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The urban area of Punta Arenas remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

The city of Puerto Williams remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Persons entering the region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history at established checkpoints throughout the Strait of Magellan area.

Maule Region
The boroughs of Licanten, Molina, and San Clemente are under a Phase-1 quarantine, as is the urban area of the borough of Longavi. The boroughs of Curico, Linares, Maule, Talca, and Teno are under a Phase-2 quarantine.

Authorities have set up checkpoints on Route J-30, Route J-60, Route J-70, Route M-80, Route M-910, Route 5 South, and Route 126. All persons crossing the checkpoints must have their temperature taken and submit to any further medical examination authorities deem necessary to check for symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, authorities have banned events of 50 or more people and prohibited all religious gatherings.

Nuble Region
The borough of Coihueco is under a Phase-1 quarantine. The boroughs of Chillan and Chillan Viejo are under a Phase-2 quarantine.

O'Higgins Region
The boroughs of Pichidegua and Rengo are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The boroughs of Graneros, San Fernando, Santa Cruz, Machali, Rancagua, and San Vicente de Tagua Tagua are under a Phase-2 quarantine.

Tarapaca Region
The boroughs of Alto Hospicio, Iquique, and Pozo Almonte are under a Phase-2 quarantine.

Valparaiso Region
The boroughs of and Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The boroughs of La Calera, La Cruz, Los Andes, and Quillota are under a Phase-2 quarantine. Authorities have established checkpoints near the city limits of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. All residents of the Santiago Metropolitan Region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history before they can cross such checkpoints. Valparaiso will be cordoned off 1800 Oct. 9-2300 Oct. 12, with entry and exit prohibited except to those with a safe-conduct pass.

San Felipe and San Antonio are under a Phase-2 quarantine.

All persons traveling to Easter Island must undergo health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history.

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. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

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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