Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Curaçao introduces curfew, mandatory masks and limits gatherings to 3

Curaçao has implemented a curfew, mandatory mask-wearing and restrictions on public gatherings to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The Health Ministry in a statement announced that effective Monday, November 16 a curfew is in effect from 9pm to 4.30am.

The use of a face mask is now mandatory when visiting the following public spaces:

  • Public transportation
  • Supermarkets, mini-marts or "toko" 
  • Shops or bakeries 
  • Pharmacies, hospitals or clinics
  • Libraries and bookstores
  • Hardware stores
  • Barbershops and beauty salons
  • Funeral agencies

The release noted the use of masks is not mandatory in other establishments currently but is still highly recommended.

In terms of gatherings "crowds" of four or more people are not permitted in public spaces including public roads. More than four people together are not allowed at the beach unless they are from the same household.

Other new measures include: 

  • Public transportation is available until 9pm
  • A maximum of 15 students is allowed in a classroom, face masks are mandatory for all adults on school premises, and a distance of two metres between students and teacher is sufficient during class except for practical lessons
  • Public presence is not permitted during sports events in stadiums and sports halls, and a maximum of 25 people in gyms and Crossfit halls is "highly recommended"
  • Establishments and restaurants can open no later than 8pm, maximum occupancy is 50 per cent of maximum capacity but not exceeding 50 occupants, food trucks can open from 4pm to 8pm, and bars and restaurants located on the premises of local hotels may stay open after 9pm but only for hotel guests

All the measures are valid until Sunday, December 6. 

The country has 467 active cases as at Tuesday, an increase of more than 150 compared to 315 one week ago. The number of COVID-19 deaths remains at two.

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