The United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 alert in Barbados.
This is the highest alert issued by the CDC. The alert, which was issued on January 19, noted: “Travelers should avoid all travel to Barbados.
“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.
“If you must travel: Before you travel, get tested with a viral test one to three days before your trip. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information.”
Travellers were advised to wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not travelling with them, wash their hands often or use hand sanitiser. They were also reminded to watch for signs of illness.
“Before traveling back to the United States, get tested with a viral test one to three days before travel. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements.
After you travel, get tested three to five days after travel and stay home for seven days after travel.
The alert advised people that if they don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay at home for ten days.
“If you had a known exposure to COVID-19 while travelling, delay travel, quarantine from other people, get tested, and monitor your health.
The United States COVID-19 alert levels from highest to lowest are: Level 4: Very High, Level 3: High, Level 2: Moderate, Level 1: Low, Level unknown.
“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travellers can be exposed to the virus. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance,” the alert also said.