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Worldview Security Update – June 11, 2020


Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 10 June 2020, officials with Latam Ecuador announced the resumption of domestic flights and a new itinerary beginning on 15 June. The airline has scheduled services between Cuenca and Quito as well as between Guayaquil and Quito. Travelers will be required to wear face masks while on board the aircraft. International commercial flights resumed limited operations as of 1 June. Interprovincial ground travel remains banned until at least 16 June.


Malaysia (Security threat level – 3): On 10 June 2020, Malaysia transitioned to a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) from a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). The RMCO is scheduled to remain in effect until 31 August and allows interstate travel to resume except in areas subjected to movement restrictions. Additionally, public transportation may resume at full capacity as long as operators and passengers abide by public health measures, such as wearing face masks and frequently disinfecting vehicles. Meanwhile, the country’s borders remain closed to inbound travelers except in limited circumstances, and the government announced that it will ban residents from making the hajj pilgrimage due to the risk of spreading COVID-19.


France (Security threat level – 3): According to reports on 10 June 2020, French authorities plan to end the current nationwide “state of health emergency” — enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — on 10 July; the order grants the government special powers to implement restrictions in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The government is expected to approve a new law, which will allow authorities to maintain restrictions on public gatherings and movement. Face masks will remain mandatory in public spaces for an additional four months following the end of the emergency.


Egypt (Security threat level – 4): On 11 June 2020, Egyptian officials announced the reduction of the countrywide nightly curfew by two hours; it is now set to be in effect from 2000-0400 local time (1800-0200 UTC) beginning on 14 June. Additionally, tourist facilities located in areas with notably fewer COVID-19 cases — mostly on the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea coasts — will be allowed to reopen as of 1 July. Domestic air travel to and from these areas will also be permitted to resume on 1 July.


Gambia (Security threat level – 3): On 10 June 2020, President Adama Barrow extended the nationwide state of emergency imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 through at least 1 July. All borders remain closed and commercial flights to and from Gambia remain suspended. However, Barrow recently eased some restrictions and allowed religious centers and markets to reopen. Markets are permitted to operate daily from 0600 to 1800 local time/UTC. Currently, there are 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, including one death.


Guyana (Security threat level – 3): On 10 June 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Host country security and law enforcement will likely have an increased presence before and after the announcement of the elections results in the coming weeks. It is possible that large crowds could gather at government venues. U.S. government personnel have been advised to take precautions to prepare for any unexpected disruptions to their normal routine.