Economic Reopening in the Absence of Official Protocols

With the application of the Health Alert System by covid-19, the Guatemalan economy was reopened, however, the operating guidelines and specific health and safety protocols for various economic activities have not been made official.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

After more than four months of severe restrictions on the mobility of people and some economic activities, the authorities decided that as of 27 July, the country would enter a phase of reopening the economy.

Even when a municipality, department or region is on red alert, passenger transport companies are allowed to operate, as long as they comply with the restrictions specified in the Health Alert System.

Although there are certain specifications, the specific health and safety protocols for each economic activity have not been made official by the Ministry of Labor (Mintrab), which is the entity in charge of drawing up occupational risk prevention and health and safety plans.

Rodrigo Valdeavellano, a comprehensive risk manager specializing in occupational health and safety, told that "... the guides have not been published, 'I don't understand how they decided to resume public passenger transport activities if the respective guides for that sector and each economic sector have not been made official."

Among the businessmen, there are doubts about what the sanction would be if in this context of health crisis some regulation was not complied with. The article explains that "... Experts on the subject from the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry explained in June that in the agreement of the Ministry of Labor, labor faults are established for noncompliance, and the sanctions are from 8 to 16 monthly non-agricultural minimum wages, equivalent to amounts of Q22,600 ($2,935) and Q45,201 ($5,870)."

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