Panama reopening  in 14-day steps

 
1,257Views 9Comments Posted 21/05/2020

 The process of reopening towards the "new normal" in Panama will see a block of activities reopened every 14 days, although that will depend on the Rt being below 1 said Health Minister Rosario Turner on Wednesday,  May 21 at a meeting between President Cortizo, government ministers and business leaders.

The   Rt is currently below 1, except in some hotspots like San Miguelito, Chiriqui, and PanamaOeste.

The economic reopening plan is divided into six blocks of activities. The first was launched on May 13 and includes retail stores, electronically; spare parts workshops; technical services; artisanal fishing, and aquaculture.

The second block includes construction - paralyzed since l March 25 -, non-metallic mining, industry parks, and churches and, but only with 25% of capacity and keeping a distance of 2 meters between people.

Turner stressed that all companies must prepare to comply with the reopening health protocols, which implies that each location must provide masks to staff; promote frequent hand washing and the use of alcoholic gel, and create a health committee, which will be responsible for monitoring that these measures and the care and follow-up of workers with symptoms of the disease are met.

"We agreed on the national priority of saving lives, maintaining and generating jobs," Cortizo said on his Twitter account.

"We are your best allies in this situation, but we also have to save lives," the president told the businessmen.

 



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eugenie

Nowhere in these steps do i see anything about allowing longer times away from home. I live 20 minutes from Boquete, spend 20 minutes waiting to get thru the checkpoint that checks nothing at the entrance to town, then 20 minutes to get into a grocery store, and poof, there goes my time. If I also need to go to the drugstore, mercado, or ferreteria, I need to make another trip on another day. From here, it takes 40 minutes to get anywhere in David. Then it takes forever to park, walk to a store, stand in line, and already that doesn't leave sufficient time to return home. When people have to drive 40 minutes to get where stores are, they need time to do all their shopping in one trip. The alternative is to require us to make trips every day, which environmentally, is extremely irresponsible.

12 days ago
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eugenie

Nowhere in these steps do i see anything about allowing longer times away from home. I live 20 minutes from Boquete, spend 20 minutes waiting to get thru the checkpoint that checks nothing at the entrance to town, then 20 minutes to get into a grocery store, and poof, there goes my time. If I also need to go to the drugstore, mercado, or ferreteria, I need to make another trip on another day. From here, it takes 40 minutes to get anywhere in David. Then it takes forever to park, walk to a store, stand in line, and already that doesn't leave sufficient time to return home. When people have to drive 40 minutes to get where stores are, they need time to do all their shopping in one trip. The alternative is to require us to make trips every day, which environmentally, is extremely irresponsible.

12 days ago
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Frank

Mr. President, Ms. Turner serve "Your" Panamanian People and NOT WHO !

12 days ago
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Pedro

Remove Cortizo in one big step. Retirees leave Panama or don't come to this Dictatorship. Wait until this kind of Noriega is removed.

12 days ago
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Mhogan

Why are “baby steps” being taken to give back people the only life they have to live or begin a robust plan to get the economy rolling again before “lost jobs” become permanent. Look around and see what other countries are doing right (or other “states/districts”). As has been said by far more intelligent than me: “the cure can’t be worse than the disease”.

13 days ago
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Jbbrown

Good points made by all posting. I agree that there is no profit to be made with all the rules and red tape that will be imposed upon business here. Cathair is correct wait out the little tyrants with a clip board that will show up and watch you squirm then give you a citation or warning just to remind you who's in charge. I also agree that people should reconsider any plans to retire to Panama as the scab has been pulled back and the ugly pestering pus that is Panama is on full display. Remember the government needs the taxes that business collects so starve the bastards by staying closed! In addition by staying closed you do not rehire and people will turn their anger against the govt for losing their jobs. Resist!

13 days ago
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Gordo

Panama proved to be the most ruthless country towards its people during this plandemic. Expats beware!

13 days ago
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CatHair

right now, if you can afford it, it's better to not open up your business in Panama...way too many hoops to jump through...wait out the government, starve them...they are acting like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to open...it's supposed to be fun, opening now will be more painful then continuing to survive without the blob visiting you daily...huge market corrections on the horizon that will be more business friendly

13 days ago
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Rick

Be prepared to spend an exorbitant amount of money to keep your business open. In other words, you will be poor even if you own a business. I had high hopes of opening a business here but now there is no way. Maybe some day this will be a free country again but it is looking mighty grim.

13 days ago
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