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Re-entry into Ecuador?

Hello, and thanks in advance for any and all suggestions. I have a good friend that moved to Ecuador several years ago and got a temporary retirement visa in 2017 and then in October of 2019 she got her permanent visa. She went to the States for surgery in November of 2019 thinking she would surely get back within 6 months. Of course, she got caught there due to the virus. She has exceeded the time away, but was told that it should be ok since Ecuador is under a State of Emergency. I read that the State of Emergency will end the 12th of September. If she comes back will she have to pay a fine? Will she lose her permanent residency? Does it matter if she returns before or after September 12? She is really afraid to travel, but doesn't want to lose the residency that was so hard to get. She and I appreciate any reliable information.

Ellen