Quarantine: Controversy Over Increased Restrictions

The Salvadoran business sector is calling for a reversal of the more rigid restriction measures implemented by the Bukele administration since May 7, arguing that the ban on public transport units has generated chaos.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Given the health crisis, El Salvador's authorities decreed that from May 7 people will be able to leave their homes to shop only twice a week and also banned the movement of public transport units.

According to the government, these measures are in force for 15 days and the objective is that the population does not break the home quarantine and take to the streets as happened in the last days of this week.

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In a statement from the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP), the business organization said that as they warned earlier, the new restrictions have generated abuse and chaos, the result of improvisation and lack of consultation with the sectors involved.

It is urgently required that "... the restrictions contained in Executive Decree No. 22 be reversed because they violate the activities authorized by Legislative Decree No. 639 and because the restrictions on the mobility of persons violate constitutional rights."

Carmen Aída Muñoz, executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador (Amcham), told Elmundo.sv that "... the measures are 'contradictory' because while companies are authorized to operate, the means of transportation of employees is restricted. He stressed that about 80% of the population does not have their own vehicle and uses public transport."

Regarding the rushed announcement of the measures, Muñoz explained that "... How can companies hire in less than 24 hours another means of alternative transport if they have to coordinate routes? If not all employees live in the same geographical area."

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