Event: COVID-19 – Gaza Lockdown Extended Until August 30
The de facto authority in Gaza declared an extension of the current lockdown in Gaza through August 30, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown, all but essential businesses, offices, and public spaces – including mosques, halls, and sports clubs – will continue to be closed. The European hospital was designated as the pandemic-treatment center and all cases will be moved there. Visitors to hospitals with reported COVID-19 cases are banned. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced it is working under an emergency plan and will home deliver medicines to its beneficiaries and continue to provide telemedicine services. UNWRA is suspending in-person food aid deliveries and will work to activate alternate mechanisms soon. All educational facilities in Gaza are closed until further notice and the de facto Ministry of Education is shifting to active home learning. The de facto Ministry of Economy also published price caps lists for basic goods.
We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to follow the latest advice from U.S. and local authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the most recent information on reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19, please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
Actions to Take:
- All U.S. citizens should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- Visit the Internal Revenue Service Coronavirus Tax Relief site for the most up-to-date information regarding economic impact payments and other tax information.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Information about local conditions related to COVID-19 is also available from the U.S. Embassy in Jordan and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
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