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Peru: Gradual resumption of economic activities to be determined next week

09:59 | Lima, Apr. 17.

Economy and Finance Minister Maria Antonieta Alva announced that next week the Peruvian Government will determine what economic activities may resume after the coronavirus quarantine is over, under specific protocols and social distancing rules.

"Next week, the Executive Branch is going to make the most formal announcements about the gradual reopening of sectors. Everything is under evaluation until it receives the approval of the Council of Ministers," she said in statements to TV Peru.

"Ministers have been told to elaborate an initial proposal for each of their sectors, but always in coordination with the Health Ministry team," the government official explained.

Alva affirmed that activities like restaurants could be reopened following specific protocols, but with employees who have a formal contract and insurance.

"Some conditions will have to be met, for example, the implementation of epidemiological surveillance, and companies' capacity to conduct tests. I can see that unions are willing to adhere to these protocols," the cabinet member expressed.

Additionally, the minister announced that the strengthening of the Business Support Fund will be approved next week in order to improve credit conditions in favor of micro and small-sized enterprises (MSEs).

(END) CNA/RMB/MVB

Published: 4/17/2020
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