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El horario de visita a las playas se extendió una hora más

Decree on new curfew hours and other health measures

In the Official Gazette of this Friday, Decree No. 74 was promulgated that modifies the curfew schedule at the national level, as of February 15, 2021, provides other sanitary measures for the provinces of Panama, West Panama, Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas, and dictates other provisions.

Curfew

The decree establishes that as of February 15, 2021, the curfew hours throughout the national territory will be from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Regarding commercial establishments, it is explained that they may operate until 9:00 pm, except for the quarantine days decreed for the provinces of Panama, West Panama, Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas. This provision applies to businesses authorized to operate in those provinces that maintain gradual reactivation.

In its article 3 the decree states that for the provinces of Panama, West Panama, Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas, a total quarantine is maintained, every weekend, from Friday at 10:00 pm until on Monday at 4:00 am.

Reactivation of florists, extension of hours in restaurants

While as of February 12, 2021, florists will be able to operate in those provinces that maintain total quarantine on weekends. only for home delivery, without allowing entry to the public.

In addition, as of February 15, 2021, in the provinces of Panama and West Panama, in addition to the activities contemplated in article 4 of Executive Decree No. 62 of January 13, 2021 ; Article 2 of Executive Decree No. 66 of January 28, 2021 and those carried out by the Presidente Remón Racecourse and the National Charity Lottery, may operate the following activities:

- Car wash
- Tailor shops
- Shoe stores
- Creative and Cultural Industries, with the exception of cinemas
- Industries in general

The decree establishes that from February 15, 2021, at the national level, the hours of restaurants will be extended to open to the public until 9:00 pm.

For this activity, the other parameters described in article 2 of Executive Decree No. 71 of February 5, 2021 remain in force, with the exception of the closing time.

Sanitary fences are erected and visiting hours to the beaches are modified

In its article 7 the decree establishes that the sanitary fence is lifted for the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste, provided in article 5 of Executive Decree No. 62 of January 13, 2021, as of February 17, 2021, without However, it warns that the sanitary control posts or any other that is considered for compliance with the measure provided in this Executive Decree are maintained:

- Province of Panama: National Police station in the district of Chepo;
- Province of Panamá Oeste: In the El Lago Spa, in the district of Capira.

For the purposes of ensuring compliance with the provisions of this Executive Decree and in order to ensure the curfew and total quarantine measures, the health authority, with the collaboration of the security forces, maintains, among others, the following health checkpoints:

- Herrera Province: Currency sector;
- Los Santos Province: La Villa district;
- Province of Colón: Chagres sector;
- Chiriquí Province: Viguí sector.

As from February 15, 2021, in the province of Herrera, in addition to those activities contemplated in article 5 of Executive Decree No. 65 of January 28, 2021, the following activities may operate:

- Retail Trade in person;
- Beauty salons and barber shops;
- Centers for Comprehensive Early Childhood Care (CAIPIS).

For such purposes, establishments must keep service to 50% of their capacity, including their employees, to avoid crowds in internal or external areas, as well as on their premises and comply with the biosafety guidelines described in Resolution No. 405 of May 11, 2020 and the Health Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

It should be noted that for the reopening of the Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Centers (CAIPIS), the regulations provided in article 3 of Executive Decree No. 66 of January 28, 2021 must be applied.

It is also established that as of February 15, 2021, the hours to access the beaches, rivers and public spas will be from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the provinces that have total quarantine weekends.

In the other provinces, the hours to access the beaches, rivers and public spas will be from Monday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The activities carried out on the beaches, rivers and public spas must comply with the regulations set forth in article 3 of Executive Decree 71 of February 5, 2021, except for the schedule.

It is highlighted that during the curfew and total quarantine, in this Executive Decree, the institutions, people, activities and companies provided for in article 12 of Executive Decree No. 62 of January 13, 2021.

Regarding the use of the social areas and swimming pools of the horizontal property (PH), neighborhoods and residential properties, the use of these will be allowed with a capacity of 25% of their capacity and maintaining the home bubble.

While in the quarantine period, hotels may make use of the open social areas and swimming pools, provided that they comply with the sanitary guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Both the Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Public Security bodies and the Joint Task Force, will ensure compliance with the measures established in this Executive Decree.

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