New mandatory social immobilization schedule starts in Peru

ANDINA/Juan Carlos Guzmán

00:44 | Lima, Apr. 1.

The new schedule of compulsory social immobilization (curfew) ordered by the Government started on Tuesday afternoon to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Peru.

The new schedule runs from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., with the exception of five regions: Loreto, Tumbes, Piura, La Libertad and Lambayeque, where it kicks off at 4:00 p.m.

Last Monday, President Martin Vizcarra announced the decision to extend the time of social immobilization, due to the arrest of more than 33,000 people —since the beginning of the state of emergency to date— for failing to comply with the measures ordered by the Government aimed to contain the advance of the coronavirus.

The supreme decree that extends the hours of compulsory social immobilization is of compliance at the national level.

Besides, the Public Ministry has the power to draw up the list of offenders and evaluate the committed offenses in order to file the corresponding complaints.

Social immobilization

Strictly necessary personnel —who participate in the provision of food, health, medicine, gas, and fuels; continuity of water, sanitation, and electricity services— are exempt from the measure.

Staff in charge of telecommunications; cleaning and solid waste collection; funeral services; cargo-merchandise transportation; and related activities are also shielded from the order.

Written, radio, and television press members are allowed to broadcast during the period of mandatory social immobilization provided that they carry their special transit permits, respective badges, and ID cards for identification purposes. The authorization includes mobile units that transport them.

In addition, the people who require urgent or emergency medical attention —because their health is at serious risk— are allowed to circulate.

During the state of emergency, the use of private vehicles is prohibited, except the vehicles necessary for the provision of health, food, and the other services mentioned above.

Members of the Peruvian National Police and Armed Forces are enforcing the law and overseeing the compliance with the order.


Published: 4/1/2020
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