Critical Alert


Suriname reduces coronavirus disease-related curfew to 2200-0500 Oct. 26-Nov. 8. Other restrictions remain largely unchanged.

 

Summary
Authorities in Suriname have scaled back the existing nightly curfew by one hour, and will enforce the new curfew 2200-0500 Oct. 26-Nov. 8, as part of the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response plan. All other restrictions on movements, gatherings, and businesses remain largely unchanged as of Oct. 26:

  • Only essential workers, including medical workers and emergency services personnel, are exempt from the curfew.
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people; however, parties remain banned.
  • Religious gatherings and funerals are permitted subject to capacity limits, with no more than one person per five square meters at a time.
  • Restaurants and other eateries may only open for outside dining and takeaway.
  • Outdoor sports may continue, though contact sports are still prohibited.
  • Gyms, sports, and recreational centers, contact and personal care services, markets, and casinos may reopen subject to COVID-19 operating protocols.
  • Discotheques, nightclubs, dance halls, and brothels remain closed.


Generally, all individuals and employees must continue to adhere to regular hygiene protocols and physical distancing measures, including keeping 1.5 meters (5 feet) between individuals and wearing a nose and mouth covering. Businesses that are permitted to open must enforce strict operating protocols.

International Travel
Most international passenger movement at all ports of entry remains banned. Only limited passenger traffic from the Netherlands is permitted for authorized returning nationals, essential personnel, and people with personal emergencies. Upon arrival, travelers must provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken no more than 48-hours before departure, and will be required to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved facility. Cargo, medical, repatriation, and domestic flights are continuing. The movement of essential goods by land remains ongoing; however, enhanced health screenings may result in delivery delays.

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 and transportation 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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