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15 Sep 2020 | 02:13 AM UTC

Turks and Caicos Islands: Authorities extend restrictions on Turks and Caicos Islands until September 30

Turks and Caicos Islands News Alert

Turks and Caicos Islands authorities extend restrictions until September 30, including 20:00-05:00 curfew; heed official instructions

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/15/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/1/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Havana). COUNTRY/REGION Turks and Caicos Islands

Event

Authorities on the Turks and Caicos Islands have extended restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until September 30. Most of the territory will remain subject to a 20:00-05:00 (local time) curfew with the exception of Grand Turk and South Caicos, where a stricter curfew between 18:00 and 05:00 is in place. During curfew hours, residents are not permitted to leave their homes unless for essential or emergency reasons. Travelers arriving in the territory past the beginning of the curfew are also exempt.

A number of restrictions remain in place until September 30 at the earliest. All businesses must close by 19:00, except those in Grand Turk and South Caicos which must close by 17:00. Restaurants and bars may only operate at a limited capacity and social gatherings remain limited to ten people. Inter-island travel remains restricted to essential movements. The wearing of face masks in public spaces is mandatory.

As of Monday, September 14, health authorities have confirmed 646 COVID-19 cases with five associated deaths in the territory. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term

Context

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

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 COVID-19 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, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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