Confinement in Central America: Downward Trend Persists

Because of the restrictions on mobility decreed in the region's cities, since mid-April, when the concentration of people in residential areas peaked, the trend has been downward.

Friday, May 22, 2020

According to the "System for Monitoring the Markets and Economic Situation in Central American Countries", prepared by the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData, since the effects of the crisis generated by the spread of covid-19 in the region began to be felt and, more specifically, since the measures restricting mobility were tightened, visits to shops in Central American countries have been drastically reduced and the mobility of consumers in residential areas has rebounded.

However, consumers have gradually begun to reduce their mobility in residential areas, a behavior that corresponds to the relaxation of decreed home quarantines.

In Panama, where isolation and mobility restriction measures have been strict, a nearly 40% increase in the level of concentration of people in residential areas is reported, compared to the levels registered in the last week of February. However, between April 11 and May 16, the indicator fell from 42% to 35%.



Guatemala reports one of the steepest declines, with the concentration of consumers in residential areas falling from 30% to 21% between April 15 and May 14, when compared to pre-quarantine levels. However, on May 16 the indicator rose to 26%, due to President Giammattei's decision to close the country on Saturdays and Sundays.

In Costa Rica, it is reported that the concentration dropped 31% to 16% between April 12 and May 16. In the case of El Salvador, between mid-April and May 16, the concentration levels of consumers in residential areas have been reduced from 34% to 31%.

In Honduras, the indicator went from 29% to 22% between 10 April and mid-May, and in Nicaragua, where isolation and mobility restrictions have been practically non-existent, no significant changes were reported.

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Because of the quarantines decreed in Central America, in mid-April the concentration of people in residential areas of the cities recorded its maximum level, but in recent weeks this trend has begun to reverse, although with significant differences between countries.

Since the effects of the crisis generated by the spread of the covid-19 in Central America began to be felt, and more specifically, since mobility restriction measures were tightened, visits to businesses in Central American countries have been drastically reduced and consumer mobility in residential areas has rebounded.

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