Haiti imposes nightly curfew, mask mandate amid COVID-19 outbreak

Haiti imposes nightly curfew, mask mandate amid COVID-19 outbreak

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has imposed a nightly curfew and mask mandate as the country is going through an eight-day “health emergency” over an outbreak of COVID-19. 

The Associated Press reported on Monday that the government will ban all outdoor activity from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Social distancing of at least 5 feet will be observed and Moïse ordered public institutions to reduce staff by half.

Temperature checks and hand-washing stations are required in banks, schools, hospitals and markets as well. 

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Haiti hasn't begun to distribute vaccines to the general population yet, but will begin its vaccine program in June, the AP said. 

Haiti has seen 13,906 COVID-19 cases and 288 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to government statistics in the AP report.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the country at a level three on its travel health list.