Critical Alert


Turks and Caicos to impose 0001-0500 curfew Nov. 2-16 on all islands. Other COVID-19-related operating requirements still in place.

 

Summary
Authorities in Turks and Caicos have extended ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions with some revisions Nov. 2-16. The nightly curfew has been scaled back by an additional two hours and will be enforced 0001-0500 across all islands. Residents may not leave their homes during curfew hours, except for emergencies or essential work purposes. Travelers arriving on the island past the start of the curfew are also exempt.

As of Nov. 2, COVID-19-related operating requirements remain largely unchanged, with some easing of restrictions on commercial operating hours and group gatherings. The following measures will be in place through Nov. 16:

  • All businesses are required to close by 2300 daily.
  • Restaurants and bars are to be limited to a maximum of 30-percent capacity.
  • All social gatherings may have no more than 25 people in attendance; however, authorities have increased the capacity limit for weddings to 40 people.
  • Church services can occur with a maximum capacity of 30 percent. Funeral services can only take place outdoors, with a maximum of 40 people.
  • Public beaches may remain open, but visitors must maintain social-distancing measures, and gatherings of more than six people from different households are banned.


Businesses must enhance sanitation procedures and limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure social distancing. Establishments and institutions should indicate their capacity by a sign outside or on the door. Attendance logs are necessary for all aircraft, organized public gatherings, and social gatherings. All individuals are required to ensure physical distancing and must wear a protective facemask in public spaces.

International and Domestic Travel
Turks and Caicos reopened the territory's airports to regional and international passenger transport July 22; however, officials have extended the cruise center's closure until January 2021. All arriving nonresident foreign nationals, returning legal residents, and citizens over the age of 10 must obtain pre-authorization by providing a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days before arrival, proof of medical insurance, and a completed health screening questionnaire. Effective Nov. 2, officials have lifted all restrictions on inter-island travel. Domestic travelers will be subject to temperature health checks.

 

Background and Analysis
Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions. Highly targeted localized measures could be imposed on some islands in response to high confirmed numbers as previously done, especially in Providenciales.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all 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.

 

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