Peru President: Government plans resumption of economic activities for May

17:31 | Lima, Apr. 23.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra on Thursday afternoon announced that his administration already plans the resumption of economic activities in Peru from May 4.

"It will be a calculated and measured resumption in order to avoid the rebound of coronaviruses cases," he expressed.

Within this framework, the Head of State announced that a commission will be formalized on Friday to evaluate the proposal prepared by the Council of Ministers along with representatives of each sector.

"We have made a plan to gradually leave the state of emergency behind in a very calculated way," he stressed.

In this sense, the top official affirmed that the Executive Branch —joined by a representative of regional governments— will seek to contrast this approach.

"As we have always said, Lima is not (the entire) Peru. The other regions also have their perception of the various problems," he stated.

The statesman explained that each representative of entrepreneurs, universities, workers, and the media will participate in the commission, too.

Thus, this group will meet to dialogue, discuss, and reach agreements on this process of gradual economic activities resumption.


Moreover, the Peruvian leader mentioned that one of the first activities that should be resumed in May is the sale of processed food via delivery.

"It is one of the activities that may be carried out, among others. The final approach will be made through the commission," he said.

Mr. Vizcarra also reiterated that COVID-19 forces citizens not to be in crowds. Under this condition, a restaurant cannot open its doors, but it can sell food via delivery.

Initially set to last from March 16 to 30, the social isolation measure had been first extended to April 12, then thru April 26, and recently until May 10.

Thursday marks the thirty-ninth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 4/23/2020
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