According to the most recent numbers out of Johns Hopkins, as of March 16th, there are currently 174,893 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with 6,705 deaths, and 77,657 recoveries. You can expect all of those numbers to rise as we continnue to fight this pandemic. Countries around the world are taking measures to curb the further spread of the virus and canceling large gatherings in order to minimize community spread — in an effort to prevent health organizations from becoming overwhelmed by an influx of patients in need of intensive care.
Our lives have changed. Full stop. But despite how it all feels, this is not the end of the world. That said, don’t expect to be taking part in any parades or getting drunk off your face at a music festival anytime soon. And we’ll have to be better about thoroughly washing our hands. Self-quarantines are a reality now, but the good news is that they have already proven effective.
Below are all the national and city-wide travel bans and quarantines at home and around the world.
United States Travel Bans And Quarantines
As of March 16th, 2020, there are over 3,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States with 57 total deaths, with many across the country left untested.
Last week, President Donald Trump announced a travel ban of 30 days for all incoming travelers from 27 European countries. The ban does not apply to US legal permanent residents, citizens, or direct family members of citizens. If you’re returning from Europe or other highrisk areas, you will be subject to a self-quarantine of 14 days and funneled through one of the following airports:
Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts, Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York, Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California, Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington, Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia.
Governor Gavin Newson has called on all cities across the state to close all bars, wineries, and pubs, and is requiring restaurants to reduce occupancy by half, and practice social distancing in the seating of patrons. Disneyland is closed until March 31. All citizens older than the age of 60 are encouraged to stay home and practice self-isolation. Social gatherings must be limited to 50 people at most.
Beginning on Sunday night, Los Angeles adopted the Governor’s directives — closing all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants until March 31st.
All gatherings of 50 or more have now been banned throughout the state. CNN reports that all casinos, gyms, and movie theaters will be closed with bars and restaurants transitioning to take-out only services.
USA Today reports that all dine-in bars and restaurants will be closed until March 30th at the earliest.
CNN reports that all state museums, bars, and restaurants will be closed or limited to carry out and delivery until the end of March.
CNN reports that New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered all full-service restaurants with seating capacity to close at 9.pm., and has asked establishments to reduce their patronage by half.
Governor Charlie Baker has implemented some of the most drastic measures in order to curb the spread of the virus. Bars and restaurants throughout the state will only be offering takeout options and all gatherings of 25 people or more are banned.
Going outside is still allowed, but social distancing must be practiced. The ban on gatherings exceeding 25 people will last until the virus’s spread is contained.
ABC reports that all public and private schools in New Jersey will be shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. As of Monday March 16th, the entire state will be subject to an 8 p.m. curfew. All non-essential travel between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be banned per Governor Phil Murphy’s orders. The curfew will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
In addition, all casinos, gyms, and movie theaters in the state will be closed by 8 p.m. tonight. Restaurants will only be serving take out.
New York City
CNN Reports that restaurants, nightclubs, and concert venues are now closed city-wide, as well as casinos, gyms, and movie theaters. Bars and restaurants will now close city-wide at 8 p.m. making New York City the city that sometimes sleeps.
All bars, restaurants, and wineries are closed in the state of Ohio, except where carry-out and delivery is an option.
All public gatherings will now be restricted to just 25 people or less in the state of Rhode Island. The ban also applies to municipal buildings like the DMV. All dine-in food and beverage services will shut down until March 30th. The police will take effect beginning tomorrow.
Bars, entertainment, and recreational business will be closed statewide. Take-out and deliveries will be permitted and groceries and pharmacies will remain open.
Many more bans are expected to take place across the country as the case number rises. The U.S. capitol is also currently closed to all visitors until April.
Travel Bans And Quarantines Around The World
All travelers being transited through or coming from China within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia. This does not apply to Australian Nationals, immediate family members, New Zealand Nationals staying in Australia, or airline crew. Travelers who spent time in Iran, South Korea, or Italy may not enter the country for 14 days unless they are Australian nationals, permanent residents, or immediate family members, in which case they will need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
There are currently no direct flights between Austria and the UK or air or rap connections from Austria to Italy, France, Spain or Switzerland. According to The Guardian, travelers coming by road from Italy will be stopped at the border and asked to show a certificate, showing that they are not affected by the coronavirus.
Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland
The Guardian reports that all cultural and sporting activities are currently prohibited, with additional large gathering restrictions in the above 12 countries. Shops across these countries will now have limited operating hours, limited public transportation, and other health screening measures.
Cases are on the decline in China and in an effort to keep it that way the Chinese capital of Beijing is enforcing a 14-day quarantine for all passengers arriving from overseas. Travelers will either self-quarantine at home or a designated facility for two weeks. According to CNN on Tuesday, Beijing reported six new cases of the coronavirus, all of which came from elsewhere (5 from Italy, 1 from America). International business will commence in Beijing, and all business travelers will be required to stay at a designated hotel where they will be tested for the virus, and not permitted to leave until the results are returned. An entire wing at the Capital International Airport is being used to screen and register new arrivals.
Non-resident visitors from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Norway, France, and Denmark are barred from entry, travel to high-risk countries is also banned.
Updated list: The Czech government ban on visitors from certain countries – which will apply from Saturday – goes for people from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Norway, Denmark, France.
— Radio Prague International (@RadioPrague) March 12, 2020
All air traffic through and to Egpyt will be suspended from March 19th through the 31st.
All travelers who have been to Italy, Switzerland, or Austria anytime in the previous fourteen days before arrival are being ordered to self-quarantine for a full 14 days. Border restrictions are in place with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, except where deliveries and cross-border commuting is concerned.
Passengers coming from or traveling through South Korea or the Hubei Province in China within the last 14 days are barred from entry, including Chinese nationals. Hong Kong nationals and residents will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Passengers from China, Iran, or the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Veneto regions of Italy will also have to face 14 days of quarantine.
By March 14th, these rules will extend to passengers from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.
According to The New York Times Israel is imposing a 14-day isolation for anyone entering the country.
Travelers who have been in China, South Korea, or Italy are barred from entering Japan for 14 days. Japanese nationals are exempted.
CNN reports that India has suspended all tourist vias. Travelers — including Indian nationals — entering the country from China, Italy, Iran, South Korean, France, Germany or Spain must be quarantined for 14 days.
Italy, the largest outbreak site of the coronavirus outside of Asia, is currently on total lockdown. As of Thursday morning, March 12th, CNN reports that the only public places still open are supermarkets and medical facilities. Air travel has been banned to Alessandria, Asti, Lombardy, Modena, Novara, Padova, Parma, Pesaro and Urbino, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Treviso-Venice, Verban-Cusio-Ossola, and Vercelli according to CNN.
Kindergartens, child care facilities, schools, massage clinics, hairdressers, gyms, tattoo parlors, and universities nationwide are closing, and there is now a ban on all professional and amateur sports. The Week reports that grocery stores will remain open, and restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs will also be open so long as they don’t have large crowds.
Travelers entering Norway from a non-Nordic country must be home quarantined regardless of whether they show symptoms or not. The country has also urged all citizens traveling abroad to return home.
Travelers who have been to the Hubei Province in the past 14 days — including passport holders — are not permitted to enter South Korea.
New travelers into Thailand must apply for visas in advance and present medical certificate clearing them of the coronavirus if they’re arriving from Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and China.