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New coronavirus restrictions for next 14 days

The national emergency operations committee (COE) has announced new measures that take effect starting Friday evening July 31st, for 14 days.

Wednesday afternoon (July 28th), the government announced new health measures for 18 provinces: prohibition of the sale of liquor from Friday to Sunday (Dry Law) and amplification of the curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM on Fridays through Sundays. The only alcohol that can be sold Friday-Sunday is at category 4 restaurants (not defined) or tourist restaurants as part of a complete meal.

Home deliveries of restaurant meals is permitted to continue until 10 PM on all nights.

These measures apply to Azuay (including Cuenca), Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Bolívar, Chimborazo, Loja, Cañar, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Esmeraldas, Sucumbíos, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago, Napo and Zamora Chinchipe.

In these provinces (includes CUENCA) the curfew will be from 9 PM to 5 AM Monday to Thursday; Friday through Sunday nights the curfew is from 7 PM to 5 AM 

In cantons with a yellow flag in other provinces not listed above, the prohibition on circulating is from Monday through Sunday from 11 PM to 5 AM

Among other items, the announcement states that all land border crossings will remain closed (except for commercial cargo traffic), that in-person education classes of all levels remain suspended, salvoconductos remain required for travel outside of the permitted hours (i.e. during curfew hours), the prohibition against opening continues for bars, discoteques, karaoke, nightclubs, pool halls and similar establishments. Special events such as concerts or any event with large groups also continue to be prohibited. 

Beaches will be re-opening August 5th with physical distancing precautions. Local governments continue to be responsible for enforcing all requirements for face masks, use of gel, disinfecting surfaces, avoiding conglomerations and crowds of people, etc.

Land or water-based tourist operators may operate if contracted by a travel agency or if hired directly by tourists in provinces that are in yellow or green flag status, complying with all bio-security requirements such as face masks, physical distancing, disinfecting of surfaces, etc.

Door-to-door or executive car services are prohibited from providing inter-provincial service unless they have the appropriate salvoconducto. Individual automobiles may travel between cantons of the same province during allowed times as long as the flag status is the same in both cantons (yellow-yellow, or green-green). No travel permitted to or from red flag status areas.

The article also gives detailed restrictions for cantons in red status (not reproduced here).

This information is from El Comercio, the link to the full article is below:

https://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/playas-salvoconductos-clases-restricciones-ecuador.html

Ann Fourt: annfourt@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca