Panama announces new reopening of economic sectors

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By Elida Moreno

Panama will reopen new economic sectors and will annul the restriction of mobility by gender as of 14 of September.

The Panamanian government authorized the opening of new economic and social sectors as of September, including construction, international aviation and free zones as part of an updated plan to reactivate the country that closed its borders since last March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The “Updated National-Provincial Reopening Plan” announced by the authorities considers the new epidemiological indicators that show a decrease in infections and daily deaths nationwide, as well as a greater capacity of the hospital infrastructure to attend emergencies, according to the Minister of Health, Luis Sucre.

Sucre told a press conference that in order to lift mobility restrictions and guarantee reopening, it will be essential to maintain the rate of effective reproduction of 1 or below 1, lethality less than 3%, an availability of beds in the room 20%, and from 15% in respiratory and intensive care units.

Based on these considerations “for the 7 September if the indicators are favorable to us and they continue with the trend they have, we will enter to open the construction industry and related activities ", Sucre stated.

The reopening of the Panama Pacifico Special Economic Area will also be allowed., Colon Free Zone and free zones, and the use of private marinas and sport fishing is authorized, tailors, dressmakers, shoe stores, and washes cars.

While, the 14 September, the mobility restriction by gender that has been in force since last April will be without effect, and that since then establishes the departures between men and women on separate days.

The plan establishes that as of 21 September will be authorized federative sports activities (no audience), Meanwhile he 28, It would be the reopening of sectors such as restaurants and inns, and retail trade in person, in addition to the reopening of the national aviation, and outdoor activities and visits to the beach (inside the family bubble).

For him 12 October international aviation will be authorized, tourism sector activities, nonessential transportation, and the National Charity Lottery, also the curfew would be lifted, including sunday, According to the official statement.

President Laurentino Cortizo assured that to get out of the pandemic "... all of society must assume joint responsibility in the observance of the measures that guarantee the safe and reliable progress of the country towards a full recovery of the economy", and to protect the life of the entire population.

Panama reported until 25 of August 88,381 accumulated infections by coronavirus, of which 1,919 are deceased, becoming the Central American country with the highest number of cases, which the authorities attribute in part to the application of more tests in front of their neighbors in the area.

In recent weeks the country registered a decrease in cases according to the Ministry of Health, going from an average of a thousand infections per day, a 896 on the last 24 hours.