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Updated and Expanded COVID-19 Curfew Measures (July 1, 2021)
 
On June 29, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced additional curfew hours for various provinces and districts effective Sunday, July 4. See the MINSA Twitter page for details. Restrictions announced on June 22, in Comunicado No. 483, remain in effect.
 
Cocle
 
Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Penonome and Aguadulce districts. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.
 
Panama Oeste
 
Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in La Chorrera district. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.
 
Herrera
 
Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Chitre and Pese districts only. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Ocu and Los Pozos districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts.
 
 
Previously announced restrictions:
 
Colon
 
Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. in Colon district. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts on the Atlantic coast. *
Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts on the Atlantic coast.
 
Los Santos
 
Full lockdown from Saturday at 10:00 p.m. until Monday at 4:00 a.m. for the following districts: Las Tablas, Macaracas, and Los Santos. * Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts; except Pedasi and Pocri districts where curfew will be between 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in all districts.
 
Chiriqui
 
Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday in all districts.
 
Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: Remedios, Renacimiento, Gualaca, San Felix, Tole, and San Lorenzo.
 
Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m. in the following districts: David, Bugaba, Dolega, Baru, Tierras Altas, Alanje, Boquete, and Boqueron.
 
Veraguas
 
Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
 
Effective June 28, the following districts will have relaxed curfew hours, between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.: San Francisco, Montijo, Calobre, Santa Fe, Cañazas, Las Palmas, Rio de Jesus, and Mariato.
 
The following districts remain in accordance with Decree No. 780: Santiago, Atalaya, Sona, and La Mesa.
 
 
Measures for all other provinces remain the same, including:
 
Panama
 
Curfew between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday; except districts of East Otoque, West Otoque, San Felipe, and Taboga, where a 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. curfew will be in place Monday through Sunday. * Businesses will close at 9:00 p.m.
 
The rest of Panama – Bocas del Toro, the Darien, and indigenous areas – remain under nationwide curfew Monday through Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Additional movement and business restrictions vary by region.
 
Panama announced that it received a new shipment of vaccines on June 22. The public is encouraged to register for vaccination at, https://vacunas.panamasolidario.gob.pa/verificate/.
 
For all the details about changes made by the Government of Panama in response to the pandemic, please see the daily announcements on the Ministry of Health’s website, Twitter or Instagram account.
 
The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 
 
MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks when in public.
 
The Embassy will continue to send messages, as needed, about larger changes that may affect U.S. citizens in Panama.  Minor changes, such as new health recommendations or reopening of a new sector of Panama's economy, will be placed on the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page. 
 
Assistance:
 
U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue
Clayton, Panama
+507 317-5000
Panama-ACS@state.gov
 
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444
 
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