New measures take effect as COVID-19 cases rise

New measures take effect as COVID-19 cases rise

Tue, 05 January 2021

As of January 4, 2021, a total of 322 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the Seychelles, with 99 active cases. 222 people have recovered. One Seychellois have died.

All active cases are in isolation, with two patients in critical condition and two in serious condition. Contact tracing and testing continues, and the number of cases is expected to increase in the following days.

From 3 January 2021, new measures come into effect for the next 10 days, introduced by the Public Health Commissioner Dr Jude Gedeon.

New measures:
1. Closure of Restaurants, except those in hotels and guest houses to serve their resident clients and airside restaurant at the airport
2. Closure of mobile food vans and takeaways except for the provision of bulk orders for delivery or collection by previous arrangements.
3. Suspension of all sporting activities, including watersports, except for individual exercises activities involving members of a household (e.g. jogging, walking, swimming in the sea)
4. Closure of all public swimming pools including hotel swimming pools for shared use. (Personal swimming pool attached to a villa is permitted)
5. Closure of all children’s club in tourism establishments
6. Closure of all retail stores except grocery stores (existing opening hours) and hardware stores (8:00 am to 12:00 noon)
7. Wholesales of groceries by delivery only

Additional measures:
1. International visitors are not permitted to change establishments during their stay for the next 10 days
2. New arrivals are required to spend 10 days in their establishments
3. All arrivals by sea on pleasure crafts / yacht must apply guidelines but can only come to shore 10 days after last port of call and have negative PCR
4. All GOS offices to work from home as much as possible, unless for essential services
5. Suspension of postal services,
6. All Government employees may be redeployed to essential services
7. All residents in Seychelles are advised against overseas travel.
8. Strict enforcement of social distancing and preventive measures during travel (land, air and sea)
9. Visitors are not allowed to all hospitals
10. Visitors are not allowed to resident homes for the elderly.
11. All workers in construction companies and other large companies should restrict movement between residence and workplaces only
12. Avoid traveling between islands as much as possible

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