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March 20, 2020

Panamanian Government imposes a curfew in the national territory to stop spread of COVID-19

Because of the increase in the number of infected individuals, Panama’s Government has established a curfew applicable to the population throughout the national territory from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am beginning 18 March 2020.

However, the following individuals would be exempt from the curfew due to the nature of their work activities:

  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Public servants who attend to emergencies (e.g., health officials, Social Security Administration staff, Civil Protection Service personnel, representatives, mayors, among others)
  • Personnel from hospitals, health care centers, medical and veterinary laboratories
  • Personnel from the pharmaceutical industry, drugstores
  • Public transport personnel for health reasons
  • Gas station staff
  • Market, supermarket and grocery store staff
  • Restaurant kitchen staff with home delivery service and companies dedicated to home delivery service
  • Personnel from security and transport companies
  • Personnel from banks and savings cooperatives
  • Food and beverage distribution personnel
  • Personnel in the agricultural industry
  • Personnel dedicated to energy production
  • Telecommunication personnel, internet providers
  • Personnel dedicated to air cargo, sea cargo, land cargo, imports, exports,and ports

The competent authorities will apply sanctions in cases of non-compliance.

For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:

Ernst & Young Limited Corp., Panama City
Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Latin American Business Center, New York
Ernst & Young LLP (United Kingdom), Latin American Business Center, London
Ernst & Young Tax Co., Latin American Business Center, Japan & Asia Pacific




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