Economy: Opening by Geographical Areas

In order to de-escalate the confinement and reactivate productive activities, the Guatemalan authorities plan to begin in the regions where the covid-19 curve starts to fall, without having to wait for this situation to arise throughout the country.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Since mid-March, Guatemala has been under house quarantine, due to the covid-19 outbreak that so far affects all departments of the country. Although as of June 21, the number of people infected and killed by the virus continues to rise, business owners and authorities are beginning to evaluate possible scenarios to reactivate the activities they are not allowed to operate.

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Most of the infections have been concentrated in the metropolitan area and the departments of San Marcos, Chimaltenango and El Progreso. Fewer cases are recorded in other geographical areas.

In this context, Edwin Asturias, commissioner of the Presidential Commissioner for Emergency Care covid-19 (Coprevid), told businessmen at the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry (CIG) that it is possible that "... economies may be reactivated in areas where the curve begins to fall, without having to wait throughout the country, bearing in mind that the control of these outbreaks must be dealt with at the local level."

See "New Reality, New Consumers" reviews that Asturias explained to the businessmen that "... In the case of the operations of the International Airport La Aurora, it could be opened before, and in the case of the borders it should have an important capacity of diagnosis, since at this moment they are centers of infection. The objective is to maintain sustained economic activity, and no longer be closing and opening."

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