Following the President’s orders, Liberia reopened its borders yesterday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced the order Friday and it took effect Sunday.
The curfew in Liberia was also lifted. Liberians have had a curfew in some manner since August of 2014. The current hours of the curfew have been in effect since September of 2014.
Both measures were implemented as part of Liberia’s strategy to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. Liberia was one of the hardest hit countries by the Ebola crisis. At its peak, Liberia had more than 100 cases of Ebola a day. In October, Liberia had a shortage of body bags due to the rapid spread. The crisis also led to an entire town being quarantined.