Seychelles tightens closure till May 24

In light of the rise in corona cases in the Seychelles, the government tightens the closure and announces new guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. Inge Michaeli, Seychelles

As we reported earlier this week on the Passport News website in Hebrew, a number of Israelis were quarantined in the Seychelles after receiving a positive PCR test result. Amid rampant rumors on social media, claiming ‘inaccurate’ test results, the Seychelles Tourism Board has issued a statement that the destination is safe to visit, strongly refuting claims that Seychelles health authority are issuing ‘false’ COVID-19 test results.

“After months of struggling to restart our tourism industry, Seychelles is committed to ensuring that all our guests spend a memorable time on our islands and leave happy at the end of their stay. It would be counterproductive to do otherwise,” says Seychelles Tourism Board’s Chief Executive, Sherin Francis.

However, in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Seychelles announced a tightening of the closure and significant measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

All schools in the country will be closed until May 24; bars, shops and casinos will close at 7PM; and there would be a total ban on social events and large gatherings, including sporting events and shows.

Photo: Sapir Peretz Zilberman

According to the order issued by the government, there would be stricter enforcement of Public Health orders, including wearing of face masks and a ban on gatherings – no more than four people outside or inside, including beaches.

Any person who comes in contact with a verified positive case will be required to o into 14 days of isolation, and island residents are asked to work from home as much as possible. It seems that even the most vaccinated country in the world is not completely immune to corona.


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