Basic Services: Honduras Will Not Suspend Collections

In contrast to the measures taken by some neighboring countries, the government reported that at the local level, charges for water, electricity, Internet and telephone services will not be suspended.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Authorities argued that at the moment it is not possible to postpone payments, as few basic services are provided by the government in the country.

Ebal Diaz, Secretary of State, told that "... the payments will not be suspended, 'because there are people who will continue to receive their salary'. In the case of those who have no income, we will see their situation to give them relief."

Diaz added that "... there are already few public services that the government manages, because telecoms are private, but the energy is provided by the generators. Right now, what we are looking for is how to move the fuel shortage."

The official said that for the next few days, there are no plans for power cuts.

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