March, 10th 2021 – Mauritius has entered into a 15-day nationwide lockdown. The lockdown follows a rise in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the month.
Officials say that the Covid-19 situation is getting worse and are suspecting a second wave.
Under the lockdown, only essential services including the police, health services, seaports and airports, will remain open. Similarly, all educational institutions and non-essential businesses will close; certain essential businesses, such as filling stations and supermarkets, will close on March 10 but reopen on March 11 with strict sanitary measures in place.
Weddings and funerals will be attended by a restricted number of people, while supermarkets, bakeries, and banks, will be open from Thursday, but in an alphabetical order.
All incoming commercial passenger flights remain suspended through mid-March. The suspension also prohibits travellers from entering or transiting the Republic of Mauritius, including the island of Rodrigues.
All the approved travellers will be expected to present a negative result for Covid 19 taken no more than 7 days before arrival in the contry. Travelers who test positive will be taken to a government- run facility. Violators of the lockdown will be fined or jailed for not more than five years.
Quarantine remains mandatory. A similar lockdown was lifted in June last year.