Business: New Restrictions in Guatemala

In order to mitigate the spread of covid-19, as of January 26, shopping centers and malls, supermarkets, convenience stores and neighborhood stores, will be allowed to carry out their activities until 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The January 26 edition of the Diario de Centroamerica published the Ministerial Agreement 08-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health, which details the restrictions imposed, which aim to mitigate the escalation of the number of cases of covid-19.

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According to subsection "i", of Article 2, "... shopping centers, commercial plazas and similar shall conduct their activities until 7:00 p.m., having special schedules for people over 60 years old."

Subsection "j" emphasizes that "... supermarkets, convenience stores and neighborhood stores, may carry out their activities until 19:00 hours, having special schedules for people over 60 years old."

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Pubs, night entertainment centers and other establishments of similar category, as well as restaurants that provide services outside shopping centers, may operate until 9:00 p.m., respecting the capacity and biosecurity measures in accordance with the established provisions, specifies subsection "k."

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On March 25, the Ministerial Agreement 73-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health was published in the Diario de Centroamerica. This document specifies the restrictions to be applied during Easter Week.

Retail: Restrictions eliminated in Guatemala

February 2021

Arguing that the number of covid-19 cases decreased in recent days, the authorities decided that as of February 5, 2021, supermarkets, convenience stores, neighborhood stores, shopping centers and plazas, will be able to operate on a regular basis.

According to Ministerial Agreement 08-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health, as of January 26, shopping centers and plazas, supermarkets, convenience stores and neighborhood stores, could develop their activities until 7:00 pm.

Restaurants and Cost of Restrictions

January 2021

Following the announcement of the restrictions imposed in Guatemala to mitigate the outbreak of covid-19, which contemplate the closing of restaurants after 9:00 pm, businessmen anticipate that sales will fall and that they will have to reduce the number of personnel hired.

According to Ministerial Agreement 08-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health, restaurants located inside shopping centers must close as from 19:00 hours and those operating outside these places may serve their customers until 21:00 hours.

Quarantine: Total Closure in Guatemala

May 2020

By presidential decree and in order to mitigate the outbreak of covid-19 in the country, from May 14 at 6 pm until May 18 at 5 am, there is total restriction of movement and closure of all commercial establishments.

The measures to restrict movement include the heavy transport of fuel and its derivatives, and the operation of the banking system is prevented, reported President Alejandro Giammattei on the night of May 14.

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