Panama Reopens . . . Slowly & With Regulations

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As of today Panama begins to reopen, cautiously and carefully.

If it is still in business, your favorite restaurant will open its doors on Monday, September 28 along with the reactivation of retail trade operations that includes the opening of shopping centers inns, all professional services, and administrative and general services according to The Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Shopping centers may open from 10:00 am onwards.

It had been planned to allow family outings to beaches, natural parks, and rivers. But these activities were not included in the group of restarts announced on Friday, September 25

In the resolution  Minsa establishes a series of points that must be met by the businesses and premises that return to activity.

It is emphasized that they must comply with the guidelines established in the different resolutions for the return to the new normality.

Restaurants, in addition to complying with the current sanitary regulations of the activity, must follow all the other provisions issued on post-COVID-19 biosafety and maintain a physical distance of at least two meters between each table.

After Monday, the next date for the gradual economic reactivation is October 12, which includes, among other activities, international flights, hotels, tourist activities, libraries, swimming pools, and the Lottery.

It is emphasized that they must comply with the guidelines and guides established in the different resolutions for the return to the new normality.

Restaurants and inns, in addition to complying with the current sanitary regulations of the activity, must follow all the other provisions issued  post-COVID-19 biosafety and maintain a physical distance of at least two meters between each table. 

After this Monday, the next date for the gradual economic reactivation is October 12, which includes, among other activities, international flights, hotels, tourist activities, libraries, swimming pools, and the Lottery. In addition, the curfew is lifted, which includes Sunday. [So it would appear that we have two more weekends of complete lockdown when everyone must stay at home.I suspect because weekends are typically the time for parties, family get togethers, celebrations and religious assemblies.]

The National Association of Merchants (Anadeco) , has reaffirmed that one of the requirements for the entry of customers to shops will be the use of face masks, and each entering will be subjected to temperature measuring.

Noncompliance with these measures, you will not be able to enter means any entry to commercial premises or shopping centers.

In addition, among other measures, the capacity allowed in each location will be controlled, taking into account the available space capacity as requested by the health authorities. The number of people in each store must be informed with signs upon entry, and updated by the personnel on duty.  [NEWSROOM PANAMA]

Many of the traditional mass celebrations, INCLUDING CARNIVAL, are cancelled.

If you are planning to visit Panama as soon as the airport opens, here are the rules and policies that will apply.  Please note that MASKS ARE REQUIRED and if that is a problem for you please stay at home.

The national tourist board has prepared this very valuable GUIDELINES FOR YOUR VISIT TO PANAMA.  Click the link or the image and read it carefully to minimize surprises when you get here.

We hope to see you soon!