The Haitian government on Monday imposed a night curfew and other restrictions under an eight-day “health emergency” aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
All outdoor activities will be banned from 10 pm to 5 am according to the decree of President Jovenel Moise, who was in Ecuador on Monday for the investiture of the new president of this country.
The decree also makes the use of face masks mandatory for anyone in public, while temperature controls and handwashing stations are required for all public or private buildings such as banks, schools, hospitals and markets. . Social distances a public places is 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet).
The president also ordered public institutions to reduce on-call staff by 50%, while encouraging other employees to work from home.
Port-al-Prince residents seemed to pay little attention to what was expected of them under these new rules, as street markets continued to be crowded, as did public transport. Most people did not wear masks and social distancing was not followed.
According to the official government statistics, Haiti has had 13,906 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020 and 288 COVID-19-related deaths. But a recent rise in daily cases of contagion has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.
Haiti has not yet begun vaccinating its population against coronavirus. The government recently announced that it expects it to start firing in June.
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