Critical Alert


Officials in Honduras extend existing movement restrictions through Nov. 3 due to COVID-19; free movement permitted Nov. 4-7.

 

Summary
Authorities in Honduras have extended the nationwide 2300-0500 curfew and other movement restrictions until Nov. 3; however, officials will lift all movement restrictions Nov. 4-7, to allow free movement during the holiday period. During Nov. 2-3, residents will still only be allowed to leave their homes for permitted activities 0500-2200, depending on the last digit of the individual's national identification card, legal residency card, or passport, based on the following schedule:

  • Nov. 2: The last digit is 4 and 5
  • Nov. 3: The last digit is 6 and 7


Senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities will have special access to authorized commercial establishments 0700-0900 and banks 0900-1000, depending on the last digit of their official identification. Emergency personnel and residents working in essential businesses have greater freedom of movement.

As of Nov. 2, officials have not announced any changes to the municipal capacity limits on businesses that form part of the nation's Intelligent Reopening strategy that went into effect Oct. 5. The following municipalities were previously classified under Phase 1, which permits businesses to operate at 20-percent capacity:

  • Choluteca Department: Orocuina, Pespire, San Antonio de Flores
  • Colon Department: Bonito Oriental, Saba, Tocoa, Trujillo
  • Cortes Department: Pimienta, Potrerillos
  • El Paraiso Department: Danli, Moroceli
  • Francisco Morazan Department: Reitoca, San Buenaventura, Santa Lucia
  • Gracias a Dios Department: Brus Laguna, Puerto Lempira
  • Intibuca Department: Intibuca, La Esperanza
  • La Paz Department: La Paz, San Jose, Santa Maria
  • Ocotepeque Department: Ocotepeque, Sinuapa
  • Olancho Department: Juticalpa
  • Santa Barbara Department: Las Vegas, Trinidad
  • Valle Department: Amapala, Langue, Nacaome, San Francisco de Coray, San Lorenzo


The rest of the country is under Phase 2 of reopening. Under this phase, businesses may operate at 40-, 60-, or 80-percent capacity, depending on the region in which they are located. Some of the country's major urban centers, such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, fall under the region that only permits businesses to operate at 40-percent capacity.

All persons are required to wear facemasks in public. Officials have ordered authorized businesses to ensure that customers have covered their mouths and noses, use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing, and do not have a fever. National police will continue to enforce the movement restrictions. Some establishments, facilities, and activities remain suspended or closed nationwide, including urban and interurban public transport, bars, discos, cinemas, gyms, theaters, sports events, convention centers, and educational centers. There is also a ban on private gatherings of more than 10 people.

International Travel
Authorities reopened the country's airports and land border crossings to international travel following an extended closure but are enforcing enhanced entry requirements for all travelers. International public land transport services such as buses resumed Oct. 26. All travelers must present a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure for Honduras and a completed pre-arrival (prechequeo) travel form. Passengers departing via the land borders are also required to complete the online prechequeo form. Travelers may be subjected to additional COVID-19 testing upon arrival. The use of a facemask is required at all times while traveling.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice, depending on local disease activity.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

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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