Good news from the Caribbean: Anguilla is now officially categorized by the Word Health Organization (WHO) as having “no cases” of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As part of the continual review of the transmission classification of COVID-19 cases, Anguilla’s Ministry of Health was notified on June 16 that Anguilla’s classification was changed from “sporadic cases” to “no cases.” The change is reflected in the WHO’s situation report published on June 18, 2020.
This is an important milestone and a major achievement for Anguilla, the Anguilla Tourist Board said in an announcement. The Ministry of Health and the government of Anguilla expressed their appreciation and congratulation to the people of Anguilla for the achievement and appealed for their continued cooperation moving forward.
As the government gradually begins to reopen the borders, is it encouraging the community to continue to practice the range of control measures that have been in place over the last few months; this includes staying home if unwell, hand and respiratory hygiene and maintaining a physical distance of at least three feet from other persons. These practices are the new normal, according to the Anguilla Tourist Board, which must be maintained into the foreseeable future.
The island’s borders are to remain closed to commercial international traffic through June 30. Earlier in June, the Anguilla government announced plans to begin reopening its borders to international travelers, which began with the repatriation of Anguillian citizens to Anguilla and the departure of Anguillian and non-Anguillian citizens. It’s unclear if international travelers will be welcome after June 30 or if this date will be extended.