Peru President: Executive Branch expands activities in service, commerce sectors

17:15 | Lima, May. 22.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra on Friday announced that —during the extension of the covid-19 state of emergency— activities in the service and trade sectors will be expanded, in order to ease the Peruvian people's everyday life.

"This extension allows a series of flexibilities so that the families, who comply with this social isolation measure, rely on greater facilities for their everyday lives," he expressed.

The Head of State noted that the sale of clothing, footwear, and appliances is being added to the previously approved e-commerce service, in addition to the sale of school and office supplies for work and educational purposes.

"For the transfer of goods, the sanitary norms established by the Ministry of Health must be complied with," he stressed.

The top official clarified that the opening of stores is not allowed. "A bookstore or a clothing store may lead to a large crowd of people. Thus, they will work, but under the delivery mechanism," he stated.

Medical services

The President affirmed that during state of emergency extension, medical services —outside the treatment for covid-19— are allowed. They include dental services, rehabilitation, and veterinary, among others.

"The services are allowed starting this Monday, but they have to respect the sanitary measures to prevent a rebound in the number of infections," he underlined.

Technical services

The Head of State also announced that services will be allowed —starting Monday— using mobile applications for home delivery services provided by third parties, which will have to abide by the national authority's health protocols.

Additionally, technical computer services, plumbing, electricity, laundry, carpentry, artifact maintenance, equipment repair, as well as hairdressing and cosmetology services will be allowed.

Likewise, professional sports activities that do not involve direct physical contact will be allowed, he said.

On this occasion, the President was joined by members of the Council of Ministers. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.

Friday marks the sixty-eighth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 5/22/2020
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