Critical Alert


Several regions of Colombia to enforce stricter restrictions for Halloween Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Nationwide COVID-19 measures remain unchanged.

 

Summary
Several local governments in Colombia will enforce stricter movement restrictions between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the Halloween holiday period. These measures will coincide with the nationwide selective quarantine measures that are in place through the end of October. The following cities and municipalities will tighten their measures over the coming days:

  • Antioquia Department: In Medellin, a curfew will be enforced 1800-0600 Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
  • Atlantico Department: In Galapa,a curfew will be enforced 1900-0500 Oct. 31-Nov. 1. In Malambo, a curfew will be enforced 2000-0500 Oct. 30-Nov. 2. There will be no curfew in Barranquilla; however, a 2200-0500 curfew will be enforced Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Soledad Municipality, which forms part of the Barranquilla metropolitan region.
  • Boyaca Department: In Tunja, a curfew will be enforced 0900-0500 Oct. 30-Nov. 2, but a total curfew will be enforced for persons under the age of 18 during this period.
  • Caldas Department: In Manizales, a curfew will be enforced 2000-0500 Oct. 30-Nov. 2. For minors, a curfew will be enforced 1200-0500 Oct. 30-Nov. 1, and 1200-2359 Nov. 2.
  • Cauca Department: In Popayan, a curfew for persons under the age of 18 will be enforced 2200-0600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
  • Huila Department: In Neiva, a curfew will be enforced 2200-0500 Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and a total curfew will be enforced Nov. 2.
  • Magdalena Department: In Santa Marta, a curfew will be enforced 0001-0400 Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
  • Norte de Santander Department: In Cucuta, a curfew for persons under the age of 18 will be enforced 2200-0500 Oct. 28-Nov 2.
  • Quindio Department: In Armenia, a curfew will be enforced for persons under the age of 18 1600-0600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
  • Risaralda Department: A curfew will be enforced in Pereira, Dosquebradas, La Virginia, and Santa Rosa de Cabal 1800-0600 Oct. 30-Nov. 2. A special curfew for minors will be enforced 0600-1800 Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
  • Santander Department: In Bucaramanga, the existing curfew will continue to be enforced 2300-0500. In Floridablanca, a curfew will be enforced 1500-0500 Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for persons under the age of 15.
  • Tolima Department: In Ibague, a curfew will be enforced 1600-0400 Oct. 31-Nov. 1.


Nationwide Measures
The selective quarantine measures remain unchanged. Under the directive, only people who present COVID-19 symptoms are required to self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. All other individuals must continue to wear facemasks in public spaces and adhere to physical distancing and sanitization protocols. All open establishments must continue to follow strict safety and sanitation guidelines. Municipal officials have the authority to suspend certain activities or enforce tighter movement restrictions depending on local disease activity. Nonetheless, the following restrictions remain in place nationwide:

  • Restaurants may operate with a 50-person capacity limit. No alcohol may be served.
  • Entertainment establishments, including cinemas, theaters, bars, and casinos, are allowed to open. No alcohol may be served. Nightclubs remain closed.
  • Spas and sporting facilities, such as gymnasiums and swimming pools, are open with a maximum capacity of 50 people. Sporting events are prohibited.
  • Religious services may take place in certain municipalities but may have no more than 50 people in attendance.


International Travel
The country's land and maritime borders remain closed except for cargo and humanitarian aid; however, Colombian officials have approved several international flight routes, including to and from cities in the US and Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Curacao, and Panama. As of late October, officials have approved 16 airports nationwide for the reactivation of international and domestic flights. The availability of flights depends on the discretion of international airlines to resume flights on the approved routes.

In order to be permitted entry, all international travelers must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken no more than 96 hours before the travel date. Citizens and residents may be allowed entry without a COVID-19 test but will be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine. All travelers must complete Migracion Colombia's online "Check-Mig" form between 24 hours and one hour before departure. Travelers are also required to comply with regulations associated with the "CoronApp" contact tracing mobile application.

Transport and business disruptions are likely to persist. 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. 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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