El Salvador: Construction Activity Declines

The sector continues to operate within the restrictions that have been imposed, but at a slower pace, as it has adjusted its processes to the required health and safety protocols.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Because of the public health threats caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the Government decreed a home quarantine a few days ago. However, some activities may continue to be carried out, provided they meet certain requirements.

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Elmundo.sv reviews that "... The construction industry is adapting to the new reality presented by the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic. The sector, the most dynamic in the economy in 2019, adjusts processes, cancels others and delays projects, but rules out paralysis."

The article adds that "... The Salvadoran Chamber of the Construction Industry (Casalco) explained to El Mundo newspaper that there is a 'self-limitation in some types of works whose density is very high', which has led to a reduction in the rate of progress of some projects."

In 2019, construction was the fastest growing sector in the country, and the Gross Domestic Product recovered in the third quarter. The sector contributes 5% of the country's total production.

CentralAmericaData reports that it is predicted that the impact of the crisis of covid-19 in the construction sector in Central America will be mainly due to the fall expected in the activity of prefabricated steel structures.

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Curfew Relaxed in Guatemala

April 2020

The government decided to extend the travel restrictions until April 27, but now the ban on people and vehicles applies only between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. the next day.

Supermarkets, grocery stores and corner shops will be able to adjust to the new restricted hours, that is, from 4 a.m.

Restaurants Ask for More Flexible Schedules

April 2020

Businessmen in the sector in Costa Rica requested the authorities to modify the last restriction, which prohibits restaurants from providing self-service after 5 p.m.

According to directors of the Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants (Cacore), the measure of sanitary vehicle restriction, which forces establishments to close at 5 pm, has caused a collapse in the express service system itself and through platforms.

Real Estate: Businesses Stop

April 2020

Some of the effects of the health emergency and the restrictions decreed by the government on the real estate sector in Guatemala are the cancellation of appointments with clients and the suspension of projects and contracts.

In the case of residential construction, businessmen anticipate that a considerable drop could be reported later, since the drop in remittances combined with the increase in unemployment, will affect the willingness to build or buy a house.

Commercial Sector Begins to Suffer from the Crisis

March 2020

Because of the health crisis generated by the spread of covid-19, shopping centers, restaurants, clothing and footwear stores, among other businesses, began to report a decline in commercial activity in Nicaragua.

Not all businesses in the commercial sector have been affected by the advance of the pandemic, as in recent days’ supermarkets and pharmacies have been crowded by consumers.

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