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20 Jun 2020 | 11:23 AM UTC

Morocco: Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from June 19 /update 17

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Authorities announce further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on June 19; heed official instructions

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/20/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Casablanca). COUNTRY/REGION Morocco

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The Moroccan government announced a further easing of restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday, June 19. The government revised the current division of the country into two zones where different restrictions apply, with the majority of the country now classed as zone one. In zone one areas, movement can occur without a permit, public spaces can be accessed, and some non-essential businesses reopen. Public transport may also operate on a reduced schedule.

However, Asilah, Larache, Marrakech, Kenitra, and Tangier, remain classified as zone two. In these areas, movement restrictions remain in place, and permits are required for essential travel. Public gatherings and events also remain prohibited. The designation of provinces will be assessed on a weekly basis with regard to the number of active COVID-19 cases. The current state of health emergency was earlier extended until July 10.

Intercity transportation was suspended in March, with exceptions for those traveling for health and professional reasons. The wearing of masks in public areas is mandatory and those who fail to do so risk being fined or imprisoned. Schools, entertainment venues, and mosques remain closed. All international passenger flights to and from the country have been suspended since March 15.

As of Saturday, June 20, there have been 9613 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Morocco, with 213 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected globally in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water. 
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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