Hotels, Pools and Cinemas Reopen to the Public

As part of the process of economic reactivation, starting October 12, Panama will be allowed to reopen swimming pools, cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries, hotels, casinos and tourist sites with closed structures, at 50% of their capacity.

Friday, October 9, 2020

The National Government issued Executive Decree No. 1142 of October 7, 2020 in the Official Gazette, which authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of people in hotels, motels, rural hostels, lodging sites and complementary services, details an official statement.

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From the President of Panama's statement:

October 8th, 2020. Complying with the opening schedule, this Monday, October 12, 2020, important economic activities will reopen throughout the country, temporarily closed as part of the health measures adopted by the Executive Body, to reduce, mitigate and control the spread of the pandemic produced by the Covid-19 disease in the country.
As part of the strategy called "Route towards a new normality", the National Government issued Executive Decree No. 1142 of October 7, 2020 in the Official Gazette, which authorizes the reactivation, operation and mobilization of people in hotels, motels, rural hostels, lodging sites and complementary services.
Tourist activities, non-essential transportation (recreational and tourism) will also be allowed and the creative and cultural industries, music, art and dance academies; libraries; swimming pools; cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries and tourist sites of closed structures will be reactivated at 50% of their capacity.
The decree also includes games of chance, the sale of chances and tickets for the National Charity Lottery, as well as gambling halls.
These commercial activities and places of leisure and/or recreation had been closed by Executive Decree No. 489 of March 16, 2020 because they involve the agglomeration of people, which represents a risk for the spread of the disease.
However, considering the biosecurity indicators, the effective reproduction rate of cases and the bed capacity available at the national level, the National Government considers it appropriate to reopen them at the national and provincial levels.

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