Biosafety Protocols: Sanctions for Companies

Companies in El Salvador that do not comply with the biosecurity measures stipulated in the protocols for reopening the economy may be sanctioned with the temporary closure of their operations.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

In the process of reactivating economic activities that were suspended due to the spread of covid-19, the Salvadoran authorities have established protocols for the proper functioning of companies.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTPS) is in charge of supervising the correct application of biosecurity measures and will begin to monitor businesses as of next week.

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Rolando Castro, head of MTPS, told that "... 'the Ministry of Labor has enough legal tools to apply the law and, in labor matters, the governing body of this country is the Ministry of Labor and therefore the legislation must be complied with. Our work teams are already in the field to go and verify and supervise'."

Castro added that "... companies that do not comply with the protocols 'can even reach the temporary suspension of operation. If at a given moment we don't see the appropriate masks, if we don't see the biosafety equipment, social distancing, protective bars (...) At that moment, if there is an eminent danger in those conditions we can reach the temporary suspension."

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