May 2021

De-escalation of COVID-19 Restrictions


Yesterday 27 May, 2021 Executive Council approved the de-escalation of measures put in place to combat the cluster of COVID-19 cases first detected on 21 April, 2021. This means that all measures, except the wearing of masks and social distancing have been rescinded.

Effective today:

  • Residents are no longer required to shelter in place. However, it is expected that persons will move about with due care and attention respecting the laws of the island.
  • Physical distancing requirements remain in place as well as required mask wearing for public indoor spaces and places where physical distancing is not possible.
  • Regulations are in place that govern the maximum number of people allowed to be in an establishment based on the minimum distance of three feet that must be maintained between persons.
  • All types of businesses are permitted to operate with no restriction on hours of operation.
  • However, businesses that operate boats are still required to comply with emergency maritime border regulations, which require permission to be obtained from the Commissioner of Police to operate in Anguilla’s waters.
  • Restrictions to the movement of boats on our waters will remain in place including for Anguilla Day; fishing must only take place from the north side of the island between 5.00 am and 7.00 pm. There will be no night fishing from boats but night fishing from the sea rocks, spear fishing and diving from the shore will be permissible.
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are allowed to gather for all activities such as church, restaurant and other private gatherings as long as social distancing is maintained and masks are worn.

These measures are subject to change based on the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in Anguilla.

Additionally, be reminded of the basic hygienic practices that protect against the spread of disease and save lives:

  • Frequent Handwashing; if water is unavailable utilize an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a disposable tissue or in the crook of a flexed elbow.
  • Avoiding contact with persons who are ill with symptoms of acute respiratory infections such as fever or cough.
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched or handled.

Persons with any questions or concerns that they may have been exposed should call the Ministry’s hotlines at 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. Additionally, persons who have been vaccinated and experience any side effects or adverse reactions are encouraged to report this at 235-4357 that is 235-HELP. Persons who feel that they or someone they know may need support with coping through these times, please contact the 24/7 Mental Health and Psycho-social Support Hotline, 7233-SAFE, The Ministry of Health will continue to provide timely updates through our media partners, our official Facebook page or at