Peru: Government decrees mandatory social isolation for 15 days to combat coronavirus

20:24 | Lima, Mar. 15.

President Martin Vizcarra on Sunday night reported that the Council of Ministers approved a Supreme Decree, which declares a state of national emergency for a period of 15 days and implies mandatory social isolation due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Peru.

The measure aims to prevent the disease from further spreading in the South American country.

In a televised Address to the Nation, the Head of State affirmed that this measure was the outcome of a serious and responsible assessment, after having held coordination meetings with ministers and authorities from the three levels of Government.

"We have unanimously approved, at the Council of Ministers, a Supreme Decree that declares a state of national emergency due to the serious circumstances which affect the life of the Nation, as the result of coronavirus. This measure, which will be in force for 15 calendar days, implies the obligatory social isolation," he expressed.

In this sense, the top official indicated that —during this period of time— the Executive Branch guarantees the supply of food, medicine, as well as the continuity of the services linked to water, sanitation, electric power, gas, fuel, telecommunications, cleaning, solid waste collection, funeral services, and others.

Likewise, the statesman specified that the Peruvian National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces will adopt measures to guarantee public services provision.

"During the state of emergency, the exercise of constitutional rights relating to personal freedom and security, the inviolability of homes, and the freedom of assembly, as well as transit across the national territory, are restricted," he added.

Border closure

The President also announced the total closure of borders, suspension of international passenger transport by land, air, sea, and river. It must be noted the transport of cargo and merchandise is not included.

"I want to emphasize, once again, that these measures, in no way, entail the closure of commercial establishments selling basic need products, pharmacies or banks, which will continue to operate and will be permanently supplied," he added.


People allowed to circulate in public include those who are in charge of the provision of services and essential goods related to the acquisition, production, and supply of food items and pharmaceutical products; health centers; those who return to their place of residence; and people who take care of the elderly, children, dependent adolescents, and disabled persons.

Also exempted from the mandatory social isolation include financial entities; insurance and pension systems, as well as complementary and related services that guarantee their proper functioning; production, storage, transportation, distribution, and sale of fuel; the media; and call centers.

Remarks were made from the Government Palace in Lima.


Published: 3/15/2020