Covid-19 in Guadeloupe: extended curfew, limited travel, non-essential shops closed … Containment is tightening

The measures apply from Friday until September 1.

The Covid-19 epidemic has reached a record incidence rate in Guadeloupe with more than 1,800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and pushed the authorities to take more severe measures. “We have decided to enter a phase of tightening the confinement” , announced Wednesday August 11 during a press conference the prefect of Guadeloupe, Alexandre Rochatte.

From Friday and for three weeks, until September 1, the curfew will be extended from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., instead of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., travel will be limited to 5 kilometers around the home against 10 kilometers up to ‘now and non-essential businesses will also close.

“Stay at home as much as possible and avoid social interactions.”

“People must respect this recommendation not to travel” between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., “because we know that is when we can have interactions” , asks Alexandre. Rochatte. During the day, the authorized travel limit will drop to 5 kilometers. “You have the possibility of going about occupations within this limit. Beyond that, you need a certificate. But, including in the zone of 5 kilometers, do it only if you have essential reasons to do it. Avoid being in contact with fragile people and respect barrier gestures. “

Shops closed, beaches authorized

Shops “which are not considered essential or vital” will also have to close from Friday at 7 p.m. Only food stores, pharmacies, opticians, computer, telephone, DIY and gardening stores, car garages and fuel distributors. In supermarkets, “can only remain open the shelves that correspond to these sales” , specifies the prefect.

All establishments open to the public will also close. Leisure and cultural establishments, multipurpose rooms and party halls. Nurseries, day centers or even learning colonies may remain open.

Unlike Martinique, access to the beaches of Guadeloupe remains authorized for swimming and sports activities, within the limit of 5 kilometers.

“If we see that we cannot limit these activities, I will issue a prohibition order this weekend.”

The prefect of Guadeloupe “does not wish to give instructions for the departure of tourists” as in Martinique. On the other hand, he invites those who would have considered coming in the coming weeks to “give up or postpone” their stay.

Teleworking, gauges

He wants all public services, communities and businesses to prioritize teleworking and distance from workstations as much as possible. “We will severely limit the opening of counters.”

No demonstration on the public highway will be tolerated, apart from protest demonstrations guaranteed by the constitution. The number of people authorized to regroup goes down from ten to six. The tonnage of places of worship is also lowered, with one in three seats and one in two ranks. 50 people allowed to participate in funeral ceremonies, up from 75 so far.

“The next three weeks are essential to reduce the pressure on the hospital. This will only be possible at the cost of sacrifice and thanks to the solidarity of each one” , concludes Alexandre Rochatte.

Travelers from France must be fully vaccinated and take a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test 72 or 48 hours prior to travel respectively. Unvaccinated travelers must provide a professional, health, or family reason for travel, take a pre-travel test, and complete a seven-day quarantine upon arrival. Travel from Guadeloupe is allowed without the need for a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers.

Saint Martin and Saint BarthelemyAuthorities have declared a state of health emergency and have ordered the closure of nightclubs until further notice. There is no curfew in place. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Individuals must wear facemasks in public settings in Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

Travel RestrictionsAuthorities are using a three-tier, color-coded system to classify foreign countries and other territories by local COVID-19 activity and impose travel restrictions accordingly. The three levels are green, orange, and red, in order of increasing transmission risk; the restrictions associated with each are as follows:

GuadeloupeAs of July 30, a nightly 21:00-05:00 curfew will go back into effect. Moreover, the number of spectators allowed to attend sporting events will be reduced to 50, as compared to the 500 allowed previously. Other business and gathering restrictions remain unchanged. Public gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted. Cinemas, museums, and other establishments may operate at 65 percent capacity while requiring the use of protective facemasks. Restaurants may open for outdoor dining at full capacity, with a limit of six people per table.

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