Economic Reopening Delayed in El Salvador

Arguing that the number of infections and deaths is increasing quickly because of the spread of covid-19, President Bukele decided to postpone the entry into force of the second phase until July 21.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Initially, the second phase of the economic reopening process was scheduled to begin on July 7, and would include the reactivation of the plastic, paper, cardboard and footwear industries, as well as call centers, restaurants and mass transportation.

An official statement dated July 5, 2020 details that "... the Government of President Nayib Bukele has responsibly decided to postpone the second phase of economic reopening, and to extend the first phase. And once again it asks the deputies of the Legislative Assembly to approve a regime of national exception for 15 days, and not in a targeted manner."

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Silvia Cuellar, executive director of the Salvadoran Exporters Corporation (Coexport), told that "... they respect the decision of the Presidency of the Republic to maintain phase one of the economic reopening and not move on to phase two. Before starting with the first phase, they agreed that the start of each one depended on the evolution of the pandemic."

Cuellar added that "... It is always made clear from the beginning that the development of the phases was always going to depend on the situation of contagion and that this guideline was going to come more from the Ministry of Health. Therefore, in the last meeting and the last one we had with the Minister of Economy (María Luisa Hayem), in Coexport, it was made clear to us that while it is true, there was a reactivation plan, but that ultimately for them everything depended on the level of infections."

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