March 25, 2020
Panamanian Government establishes additional sanitary measures to mitigate spread of COVID-19
Based on the increase COVID-19 cases among Panamanians, the Panamanian Government has issued Executive Decree 499 of 2020 and Executive Decree 500 of 2020, establishing additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Executive Decree 499 of 2020
Under Executive Decree 499 of 2020, the provinces of Panama, West Panama and Colón are declared as epidemic zones subject to sanitary control, which means individuals may not leave those zones. To control the entry and exit of individuals in those zones, the following sanitary control checkpoints have been established:
Individuals who must go in and out of the epidemic areas due to the nature of their work are exempt from the sanitary control measures (i.e., may leave the epidemic areas). Those individuals must carry the following documents:
Executive Decree 500 of 2020
Executive Decree 500 of 2020 temporarily closes certain commercial establishments and companies. The following establishments may remain open:
Companies that are not on the list will be subject to sanctions if they do not temporarily close.
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