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Turks and Caicos Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

queue spacing at a supermarket in the Turks and Caicos to reduce transmission of COVID-19
To reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), grocery stores in the Turks and Caicos limit the number of persons in-store and maintain queue spacing.

Airport Currently Closed - Opens July 22 2020

Status updated 29 May 2020 11:45 AM

  • The Providenciales Airport was previously scheduled to open 1 June 2020. The new opening date is 22 July 2020.
  • The Grand Turk Cruise Center is closed. It was previously scheduled to open 30 June 2020. The new opening date is 31 August 2020.
  • As of 28 May 2020, there are no active cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Turks and Caicos. There had been a total of twelve (12) confirmed cases and one death.

Flights

The airport was previously scheduled to open 1 June 2020. This date has been changed to 22 July 2020.

Lockdown and Curfew

  • Phase 1 of reopening started on 4 May 2020.
  • An evening curfew from 8 PM to 5 AM is in effect until 1 June 2020.
  • An evening curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM is in effect from 1 June 2020 until 22 June 2020.
  • On 6 July 2020, the local economy will be fully reopened.
  • All businesses, except those exempted, are to remain closed on Sundays until 1 June 2020. Exemptions include clinics and pharmacies, but not grocery stores.
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and other essential busineses are open.
  • If you are in the Turks and Caicos and are showing symptoms, please contact the Government’s Coronavirus hotline at +1 (649) 232-9444 or +1 (649) 333-0911.
  • For general information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect yourself, please visit the World Health Organization’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak page.
  • For more health information, please visit the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health Coronavirus.
Half Moon Bay in the Turks and Caicos
The beautiful Half Moon Bay beach and lagoon near Providenciales.

Curfew

An 8 PM to 5 AM evening curfew is in effect until 1 June 2020. This was relaxed somewhat on 4 May 2020. You can also view the full law here. Going to the beach, grocery store, hardware store and other open businesses is currently permitted.

The Providenciales International Airport Is Closed

The Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is closed to international passenger travel (along with all other airports in the country). There are exceptions, including for emergencies, medical evacuations, and cargo flights. The opening date has not yet been announced.

Travel Ban

All international passenger flights have been suspended from 24 March 2020. See Turks and Caicos Travel Restrictions for more information.

There are exceptions, such as for emergencies and medical evacuations.

Cargo flights are also permitted.

You can see a flight tracker on Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

Resort and Hotel Closures

Please contact properties directly as different resorts and hotels have different reopening dates.

Grocery Stores Are Open - Some Minor Limits

As of 5 May 2020, grocery stores on Providenciales are open with generally good stock. Customers are being asked to wait outside to limit the number of persons in a store at any time, although this is not generally needed as traffic to the stores has dropped. Some stores have limits of two of each item maximum per customer (including the Graceway chain of stores), although this doesn't apply to all products such as meat and fresh produce.

Some cleaning products, such as hand-santizers and disinfectant wipes have sold out or are low, but food remains well stocked.

Cruise Ships to Grand Turk Are Currently Banned

On 16 March 2020, the Premier announced that all cruise ships would be banned for a period of 30 days, which was lated extended until 30 June 2020. This is subject to review. This affects the Grand Turk Cruise Center (the only cruise port in the country).

All Schools in Turks and Caicos have closed from 20 March 2020.

All schools on all islands have closed from 20 March 2020. This is subject to review and further updates from the Ministry of Education.

Restrictions on Hospital Visits

There are restrictions in place for some visitors to the National Hospital (Providenciales) and National Hospital (Grand Turk), to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable persons. Please contact the Ministry of Health and the Hospital directly for up to date information.

Restaurants in the Turks and Caicos are Closed

perfect beach and ocean at Leeward Beach on Providenciales
The vibrant and beautiful Leeward Beach, Providenciales.

Restaurants are currently closed in the Turks and Caicos, but may open from 11 May 2020 for takeout service.

Large events have been cancelled, including the weekly Thursday Fish Fry.

On 16 March 2020, the Premier announced that all Government hosted and sponsored events were cancelled until further notice. This includes the Thursday night Fish Fry and other athletic events.

COVID-19 Emergency Legislation

On 10 March 2020, the Government passed emergency legislation to allow for quarantine, notification, and restricting travel.

Full text of the regulations can be found here.

Financial Impact to the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Government has announced an emergency budget which will draw upon the Contingency Fund and other sources (such as the National Wealth Fund and reprioritization of capital expenditures) to address the expected financial shortfall due to the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The Government has annonced a stimulus package which includes a variety of cash grants, waivers, and reductions on tarrifs and stamp duties. For example, hospitality workers are eligible to received a one-off $1,200 cash grant. Micro, small, and medium businesses are eligible for grants of $2,000, $3,500, and $5,000. Stamp duty rates have been reduced by 50%.

  • Hospitality (hotel, watersports, transportation, etc) are eligible to receive a one-off payment of $1,200.
  • Self-employed persons are eligible to receive a one-off payment of $1,200, if they are a British Overseas Territories Citizen (Turks and Caicos Citizenship).
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) are eligible for cash grants of up to $5,000, if the majority of the business is held by persons with Turks and Caicos Islander Status.
  • Social Enhancement Aid Stimulus - up to $200 per month for up to 3 months.

To apply for relief, contact the Ministry of Finance for application forms.

Please note that legal citizens of the Turks and Caicos (holding Turks and Caicos passports) are excluded from some of the Government's relief programmes outlined above, as they require that persons hold Turks and Caicos Islander Status. For more information about eligibility and details on the various programmes, please contact the Ministry of Finance.

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Secluded beach in the Turks and Caicos.
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