The nighttime curfew in Metropolitan Lima and Callao region —which currently begins at 11:00 p.m.— will be brought forward to 9:00 p.m. as both areas face a high-level risk linked to a second COVID-19 wave, Peruvian Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez announced on Wednesday.
At a press conference from the Government Palace, it was also announced that in Metropolitan Lima and Callao the use of private vehicles will be restricted on Sundays.
Both measures will be in force from January 15 to 31. Later, these will be reviewed to decide whether they are lifted or remain in force.
Bermudez indicated that curfew hours will be extended in the country as long as the contagion risk grows —as has happened in the capital city in recent weeks.
Very high alert
The Government ordered that the mandatory social immobilization or curfew in the regions of Ancash, Ica, Junin, Lambayeque, Piura, Tacna, and Lima provinces shall run from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the following day.
This measure will be in force from January 15 to January 31 as part of the actions to face the second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Besides Metropolitan Lima and Callao, Arequipa, Apurimac, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco, La Libertad, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Pasco, Puno, and Tumbes regions have been included in a list of regions under high alert.
In each one of them, the mandatory curfew will run from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the following day.
The Government also ordered that the mandatory social immobilization or curfew in the regions of Amazonas, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Loreto, San Martin, and Ucayali will be in force from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.