Peru: Government extends national state of emergency due to COVID-19

Photo: ANDINA/Renato Pajuelo

Photo: ANDINA/Renato Pajuelo

11:01 | Lima, Sep. 17.

The Peruvian Government has extended for 31 calendar days —starting October 1, 2021— the state of national emergency to face the serious circumstances affecting citizens' lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measure was made official by Supreme Decree No. 152-2021-PCM published Friday in the Official Gazette El Peruano.

During the present extension of the state of national emergency, the exercise of constitutional rights relating to personal liberties and security, the inviolability of homes, as well as freedom of assembly and transit in the territory, remains restricted. 

Personnel of the National Police of Peru and Armed Forces will ensure unrestricted compliance with the provisions issued within the framework of the state of emergency, in accordance with current regulations.

The decree also establishes that mandatory social immobility of all people in their homes is provided until October 3, 2021, in accordance with the alert level based on the following detail:

-Moderate alert level: Mondays to Sundays from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

-High alert level: Mondays to Sundays from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day.

-Very high alert level: Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day.

-Extreme alert level: Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day; and on Sundays from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day.

Likewise, the regulation indicates that the use of face masks is mandatory to circulate on public roads, as is the use of double masks (one of which could be made of cloth) to enter establishments with the risk of overcrowding, such as:

Shopping centers, galleries, conglomerates, department stores, supply stores for basic products, supermarkets, markets, warehouses and pharmacies, recommending the additional use of a face shield in these establishments.

The Ministry of Health —in coordination with other component entities of the health sector— carries out intensive epidemiological surveillance to identify any increase in localized cases of people affected by COVID-19 and take immediate control measures.

The Supreme Decree was signed by President Pedro Castillo, Prime Minister Guido Bellido, and Ministerial Cabinet members.


Published: 9/17/2021
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