Filter for Antigua and Barbuda Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-01 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
antigua and barbuda to reopen to brits from 1 august
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2020-07-10 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Antigua establishes ’travel bubble’ for Caribbean travellers with citizens from the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica will be accorded the privilege of being included in this "bubble".
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven (7) days of their flight. (this includes transiting passengers).
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All arriving passengers must wear a face mask on disembarkation and in all public areas. Additionally, the wearing of face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID 19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities.
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2020-07-04 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health Authorities upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.
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2020-07-04 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. Visitors may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities.
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Guidance Document issued for the reopening of Daycares and Pre-Schools
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2020-06-19 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
COVID-19 adherence continues for Accomodations Certification
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2020-06-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Barbuda gets Training in Protocols Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
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2020-06-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Airport pickups will be by certified taxi companies only (no private cars), and occupancy in taxis will be limited to maintain safe social distancing.
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2020-06-04 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Antigua’s current evening curfew, in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., will be in place until June 12.
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2020-06-04 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Upon arrival at the airport, tourists will be screened with mobile temperature-scanners and tested with nasal-swab rapid-result COVID-19 tests.
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2020-06-04 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Visitors who test positive for the coronavirus will be required to enter quarantine at a government-operated facility.
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2020-06-04 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
Antibody tests also will be administered to arriving visitors and residents, either at the airport or at the hotel, with results promised within 24 hours.
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2020-06-04 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Hotels will be required to comply with government sanitary protocols
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2020-06-04 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
Antigua-bound visitors will be required to complete heath-status disclosure forms before they land at V.C. Bird International Airport.
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2020-06-04 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Antigua and Barbuda Welcomes Return of International Flights
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2020-06-04 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The COVID protocols announced by Antigua officials are part of the nation’s Phase 1 response to the pandemic and will remain in place until Sept. 13.
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2020-06-04 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
destination officially reopened for tourism on June 4
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Borders reopened
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
The V.C. Bird International Airport will open to commercial traffic on June 1, 2020.
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Select businesses will be allowed to operate between the recommended hours with strict adherence to the established social distancing regime. These businesses shall operate between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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2020-05-14 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All Religious and Educational places of instruction or worship shall remain closed. They may however operate via electronic or virtual means.
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2020-05-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
. All investment properties that commence their construction within this period will be allowed waiver of duties and customary taxes on building supplies, fixtures and equipment. Construction is encouraged with social distancing, hand-washing and other healthy practices that will inhibit the spread of the Coronavirus.
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2020-05-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Weddings, funerals, baptisms or other religious ceremonies may be conducted, with no_x000D_ more than 25 persons in attendance, all of whom must practice social distancing and wear a_x000D_ face mask.
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2020-05-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
A person may, during the period 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day, walk, jog, run, cycle or perform any other physical activity which may lawfully be carried on
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2020-05-14 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A curfew has been enacted from Wednesday 13th May – 9:00 p.m. to Friday June 12, 2020 – 5:00a.m. Persons are confined to their places of residence during the curfew period (which includes the porch, gallery and yard space of his or her home) and avoid contact with others who do not form part of his or her immediate household.
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2020-05-13 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Churches are free to conduct rituals, including baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals with the social distancing rules enforced, and no more than 25 persons in the sanctuary all wearing masks. The churches are to submit their protocols for consideration, which protocols will govern the holding of their regular Saturday and Sunday services.
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
some restrictions on public gathering lifted contingent on still only holding gatherings of no more than 25 people all wearing masks
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2020-05-13 Out Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
state of emergency will be extended by 60 days to July 31, 2020.
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2020-05-13 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Cabinet has reduced the curfew hours from 9pm to 5am daily. Beach access has been expanded to seven days a week between the hours 5am to 7Pm.
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2020-05-11 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
permission for barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons to resume business operation under new guidelines. must pass inspection
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2020-05-05 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The Cabinet has approved the return to beaches, beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2020, for the purpose of exercise and to improve the healthy lifestyle, and thereafter on Monday to Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, not on weekends or holidays
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2020-04-23 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Curfew continues from 12:01 a.m. April 23 to 12 Midnight May 14, 2020
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2020-04-16 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
24 Hour Curfew continues from 12:01 a.m. April 16 to 12 Midnight April 22, 2020
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2020-04-09 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
extension of 24 hr curfew from until April 16 ; A person who fails to comply with these special measures commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars or to imprisonment for six (6) months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
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2020-04-02 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
A 24 Hour curfew from Thursday, April 2 from 12:01 a.m. (immediately after Mid- Night Wednesday) to Thursday, April 9 (Mid-Night), 2020 has been imposed. This time period will be reviewed and may be extended. no movement during the day by non-essential workers except for food and emergency supplies. Private vehicles are limited to two occupants. Persons are confined to their places of residence during the 24-Hour curfew hours. Essential workers and others should continue to practice social distancing of six feet between persons. PERSONS IN CONTRAVENTION ARE LIABLE TO PAY A FINE OF $5, 000 OR TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS OR TO BOTH FINE AND IMPRISONMENT THE POLICE AND DEFENCE FORCES WILL BE ON PATROL TO ENFORCE THE PROTOCOLS OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
state of emergency extended for 60 days
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2020-04-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Supermarkets will only be open for limited hours.
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2020-03-28 In Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
funerals shall not exceed 25 person rule
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2020-03-28 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
curfew from 8pm to 6 am beginning March 28 to end April 11; defense force will patrol streets to ensure compliance ("persons in contravention are liable to pay a fine of $5,000.00 or imprisomnment for 6 months or both fine and imprisonment
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2020-03-28 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
bus drivers and all passengers shall wear masks; government will provide 10,000 masks for drivers and passengers
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2020-03-28 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
no gatherings more than 25 people
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2020-03-28 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
commencing midnight march 28, 2020 for 14 days until april 11,2020
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2020-03-28 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
no visitation
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2020-03-28 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
no visitation to designated hospitals or geriatric centers
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
strict pick up/ drop-off sevices with limited seating at pharmacies; main administrative building with restricted access
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
water/electricity accounts receive automatic 10% reduction in fuel variation plus an additional 10% for bills paid in full anytime within due month; accounts recently disconnected in past 3 months reconnected upon payment of reconnecton fee and payment agreement to liquidate outstanding balance
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2020-03-27 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
immediate suspension on disconnections for water and electricity accounts for 3 months
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Cuban anti-COVID Medical Team (29 personelle) are specifically trained in disease infection prevention and control
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2020-03-26 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Antigua and Barbuda’s borders closed to international traffic. The V.C. Bird International Airport and St John’s Harbour would not receive airplanes and ships because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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2020-03-26 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Antigua and Barbuda’s borders closed to international traffic. The V.C. Bird International Airport and St John’s Harbour would not receive airplanes and ships because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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2020-03-26 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The restaurants, shops, vending kiosks, bars and other places of entertainment were also closed
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Passport Office Extends Passport Recall and Implements New Business hours; he deadline for the recall of machine-readable passports has been extended to December 31, 2020 to accommodate persons, who as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, will not be able to submit applications in time for the previous June deadline.
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2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
current state of emergency, declared on Wednesday, March 25
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
isolation centers and designated hospitals est.
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) created an internal taskforce to recommend systematic business continuity plans that can be implemented
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Calls made to COVID Hotline 463-6843 will not incur charges from inet home, mobile and
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Measures implemented at water payment centers: Senior citizens given priority in customer queues; controlled lines at payment centers enforced; use of sanitation station required on entry to office; designated waiting area to facilitate social distancing
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
30 day ban on all parties and similar social events as a pre-emptive measure to prevent the contracting and spread of the coronavirus / covid-19.
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2020-03-15 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All educational institutions closed until 27 March 2020 with possibility of extension
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Passengers and airline crew who have been in China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, or Singapore in the past 28 days are not allowed to enter Antigua and Barbuda. Nationals and resident diplomats of Antigua and Barbuda who have been in China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, or Singapore in the past 28 days are allowed entry. Airlines must provide their advance passenger information before departure.
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2020-03-13 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Sanitation and hygiene recommendations
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2020-03-03 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Members of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourist Association met with officials from the Ministry of Health, the Antigua Workers Unions and the Ministry of Tourism to educate about COVID 19 action plan
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2020-02-12 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
water access: Production has increased in Reverse Osmosis production at plants
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2020-01-31 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all foreign nationals traveling from or transiting through mainland China will be temporarily banned from entering Antigua and Barbuda effective immediately to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
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