Filter for Sao Tome and Principe Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All international commercial flights may resume
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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All international commercial flights may resume
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2020-07-16 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
government will resume flights and transportation by boat between the islands of Príncipe and São Tomé.
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2020-07-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Markets may operate from Monday to Saturday between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm.
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2020-07-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Gyms and similar enterprises may reopen.
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2020-07-01 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Air travel will partially resume, allowing flights from member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
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2020-07-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Air travel will partially resume, allowing flights from member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Some higher education facilities will reopen with limits of 20 students per class.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Meetings and lectures may resume at 50% capacity for the space where the event occurs.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Churches and other religious entities may open at one half of their usual capacity, respecting general health rules.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Visits to hospitalized patients (excluding COVID-19 patients), residents of nursing homes, and prisoners may resume.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Hotels, guest houses, and casinos may reopen subject to regulations put in place by the Ministry of Tourism.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Private businesses (except for bars and clubs) and government offices may resume normal staffing and operations.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Museums, theaters, cultural exhibitions, and libraries may reopen.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Taxis, buses and other public transportation are limited to 2/3 of their usual passenger capacity.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Funerals and wakes for those who passed away from non-Covid-19 causes are limited to 20 persons. Funerals and wakes for those who passed away from COVID-19 have more stringent restrictions.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Music festivals and fundões are prohibited.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Bars and clubs remain closed.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Passengers who are symptomatic upon arrival (e.g., have a temperature above 38 degrees) will be subject to a rapid test for COVID-19.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Members of the public are encouraged to remain home when possible and to avoid large gatherings.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Mandatory confinement for those who are ill.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Individuals must wear a mask in all closed public places and on all roads unless the driver is the sole occupant of the vehicle.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Members of public must maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters and must wash hands with soap and water or disinfect them at the entrance of all public and private institutions.
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2020-06-30 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
The São Toméan government has indicated that passengers arriving in São Tomé must provide proof that they tested negative for COVID-19 with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken three days prior to departure.
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2020-06-26 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
São Tomé and Príncipe re-open Churches after 3 months lockdown
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2020-06-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Board of Directors of the African Development Fund approved $683,000 in grants to São Tomé & Príncipe
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Bakeries, gas stations and pharmacies may operate from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm.
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Markets may operate Monday through Saturday from 5:00 am until 3:00 pm.
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurants and cafes may offer takeout services from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Most other commercial enterprises such as banks and communication companies may operate between 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
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2020-06-16 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Phase 1 – June 16-30: The mandatory curfew is no longer in effect.
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Restaurants and cafes may operate from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm with half the usual capacity and a maximum of 4 people per table from the same group or family respecting general health rules.
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Government offices will operate from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm with reduced staffing.
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Churches and other religious entities may open at one third of their usual capacity, respecting general health rules.
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2020-06-16 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Repatriation flights for Sao Tomean nationals and foreign residents of Sao Tome may resume.
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2020-06-12 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
On June 12, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe announced a three-phase plan for reopening.
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2020-06-12 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
On June 12, the government of São Tomé and Príncipe announced a three-phase plan for reopening.
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2020-06-02 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Authorities extend nationwide state of emergency until June 15
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2020-06-02 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A night time curfew remains in place nationwide between 18:30 and 05:00 (local time)
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2020-06-02 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited
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2020-06-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All restaurants and bars remain closed, except for takeaway services
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2020-06-02 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Face masks remain mandatory to wear in all public areas.
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2020-06-02 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Entry to all foreigners remains banned until at least June 15
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2020-06-02 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
charter flights and cruise ships are also prohibited.
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2020-06-02 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Nationals of São Tomé and Príncipe and foreign residents will be subject to quarantine upon arrival in the country.
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2020-05-05 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Authorities extend state of emergency until May 16. The move marks the third consecutive extension to the state of emergency issued by São Toméan President Evaristo Carvalho.
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2020-05-05 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Entry to all foreign travelers remains prohibited as of May 5
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2020-05-05 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Authorities extend state of emergency until May 16 to curb spread of COVID-19 /update 2
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Sao Tome and Principe Extends State of Emergency Measures Through May 1
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Government approved the subsidy for the mass production of fabric masks, by national companies and cooperatives. These masks must be previously certified by the Ministry of Health.; Creation of medical teams exclusively for infected patients, who, in turn, must also be isolated from their homes, starting to live in spaces created for this purpose.
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2020-04-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
IMF Executive Board Approves a US$12 Million Disbursement to São Tomé and Príncipe to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
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2020-04-21 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Mandatory daily confinement of the entire population, after 7 pm, in the entire national territory, except for specific cases that will be regulated, depending on the nature of some services, under penalty of the offenders incurring a crime of disobedience;Reinforcement of military and police patrols as a way of implementing measures that aim to guarantee social distance and avoid agglomerations.
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
Funerals and funerals will not be able to be held with more than 20 people.
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Testing policy
No citizen should move from São Tomé to the Autonomous Region of Príncipe and vice versa, without previous tests to Covid-19.
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Obligation to use protection masks by all citizens who circulate on public roads and all service providers to the public.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Suspension of all maritime and air links between the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, except health emergency situations duly authorized by the Prime Minister and Head of Government;
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2020-04-08 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Implementation of a single schedule for commercial stores and supermarkets, which changes from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.The Municipal and District markets are only open until 4pm and the sale of sidewalks is strictly prohibited.; Closure of all restaurants, bars, cafes, pastry shops and mobile homes, except for those with home delivery services.
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2020-04-08 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Limitation of occupancy of passenger seats, in taxis and private vehicles, up to half of the vehicles’ legal capacity; Prohibition of meetings, gatherings and meetings with more than 10 people.; Obligation to respect the sanitary distance of 2 meters, use of masks by employees and provision of washbasins or alcohol for the disinfestation of customers and users, in all institutions, public or private, that provide services to the public.
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2020-04-08 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Implementation of a single schedule in the Civil Service, which changes from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and, in a rotation system, reduction of employees of non-essential public services, paying special attention to employees with minor children.
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Immediate activation of the isolation center complementary to the Central Hospital; 2 - Reinforcement of the sctok of medicines, consumables and reagents to combat COVID - 19 and other diseases that still affect our country.; 3 - Acceleration of contacts with WHO for the urgent dispatch of the promised screening laboratory to COVID-19 and the field hospital.; eeding up the process of purchasing fans and other materials necessary to combat COVID-19;
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Suspension of all visits to patients admitted to hospitals, health centers, nursing homes and penitentiary.
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Nationals of São Tomé and Príncipe and foreign residents will be subject to quarantine upon arrival.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Emergency Response project backedby 2.5 million USD from World Bank
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2020-03-11 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
São Tomé health ministry restricts entry of travelers from several countries as of March 11 due to ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19); confirm entry requirements
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