The Official Gazette of Panama published the two resolutions of the Ministry of Health, through which the reactivation of economic activities related to beauty parlors, car sales, the offices of Non-Government Organizations (NGO's) and the construction industry.
The Resolution No. 764 of the August 13, 2020 authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of the following activities within the strategy called "Path to the new normal":
a) Retail trade (not essential) in e-commerce modalities, with home delivery service, delivery in parking lot enabled to wait for orders, pick-up in store that will consist of a temporary space outside the premises for service in compliance with the corresponding security measures, in parking lot.
b) Beauty Salons and Barbershops, by appointment
c) Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in general
d) General Car Sales
This resolution indicates that these activities may only operate in their regular working hours, except for the days decreed as total quarantine; by 50% of its capacity, according to the number of chairs or workstations, by prior appointment, maintaining the distance between people of 2 meters and must follow the guidelines for the return to normality of the companies dictated by Resolution No. 405 of May 11, 2020 and the Health Guidelines for post-COVID
-19 operations, issued by the Minsa
In addition, each company will provide workers with biosafety equipment.
While Resolution No. 763 of August 13, 2020 reactivates some construction activities for Panama and Panama Oeste that are 98% complete, the construction of two hospital projects (Pacific Center in Paitilla and the Hospital Pacifica Salud in East coast); and any other project authorized by the Ministry of Health.
This resolution indicates that for the reactivation of these activities it must operate with the minimum number of workers, in its regular schedule, except for days of total quarantine and requests that the workers of the authorized projects must reside in the areas surrounding the project or in the same province where this takes place.
It also establishes that reactivated workers must perform an antigen or PCR test with a maximum of 48 hours in advance. Likewise, the resolution establishes that each company will provide workers with biosafety equipment.