South Sudan has reopened its airports, signifying a resumption in both local and international flights, after the country eased its COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
According to the country’s Civil Aviation, passengers and staff will have to follow all measures put in place to ensure their health is in check.
The measures include wearing of face masks, social distancing, and spraying of all aircraft on arrival. Furthermore, all international travellers will also be required to produce medical certificates from countries of origin declaring them COVID-19 free, and thereafter be subjected to 14-day quarantine upon arrival to South Sudan.
Additionally, markets, shops, and bars have also been allowed to reopen.
On 24th March, South Sudan closed all airports and border crossings in a bid to contain coronavirus spread.
The country now joins other African countries that have eased their lockdown restrictions.
South Africa already began phased easing of its lockdown as from 1st May 2020. Travel restrictions were eased, with some industries allowed to operate under a five-level risk system.
Nigeria began phased reopening of its economy on 4th May 2020, spanning a total of six weeks, and broken into three tranches of two weeks each. As part of its easing process, the federal government has limited the total operating hours for all commercial banks nationwide to only six hours per day, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.
Ghana also lifted its three-week restriction on movements of persons within parts of Greater Accra, Tema, Kasoa, and Kumasi metropolitan areas. However, its borders remained closed, with restrictions on the social gathering of more than 25 people still in effect.
In Europe, carmakers, including Toyota, Renault, Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Volvo, are slowly preparing to reopen their manufacturing plants in order to get European economies back on track, albeit gradually.