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US Embassy Alert - Movement Modifications January 14, 2021


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On January 12, the Government of Panama announced updated regional and national COVID-19 restrictions beginning January 14.
Starting January 14, a nationwide curfew is in effect Monday through Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.
Panama and Panama Oeste: Starting January 14, movement restrictions based on passport or cedula number are eliminated. However, gender restrictions for shopping remain in place (Men: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Women: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Weekends are full lockdown, from Fridays at 9 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m. Work-related gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25% capacity. For a list of permitted activities, see slides six and seven of the Ministry of Health’s informational presentation here.
Cocle, Veraguas, and Los Santos: A full lockdown is in effect from 9 p.m., January 15 until 4 a.m., January 17. Businesses will remain open until 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with no gender restrictions.
Herrera: Starting January 14, shopping will be restricted by gender (Men: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Women: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Beginning January 15, weekends will be full lockdown, from Fridays at 9 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m.
The government also announced a gradual reopening plan that is subject to change depending on health conditions:
  • February 1: retail, beauty parlors, barber shops, daycare centers
  • February 15: carwashes, tailor shops, shoe repair shops, non-essential industries, cultural industries, restaurants
  • March 1: gyms, spas, lotteries, fishing, race tracks
  • March 15: beaches, movie theaters
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