Health Alert: Extension of Health State of Emergency and COVID-19 Updates, Peru (June 4, 2020)

Location: Peru (countrywide)

Health State of Emergency Extended:  Yesterday, June 3, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra signed a supreme decree extending Peru’s Health State of Emergency for 90 days beginning Wednesday, June 10.  This is NOT an extension of the national quarantine, although social distancing and the use of facemasks will be required for the foreseeable future.  Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA), the National Institute of Health, and the EsSalud Social Health Insurance agency are charged with developing an action plan for the surveillance, containment, and care of new COVID-19 cases in Peru.  Peru’s government will continue to procure the necessary good and services needed to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Additional funding has been allocated to regional governments to hire medical personnel and to purchase the necessary equipment to contain and treat COVID-19.  More information (in Spanish) on the supreme decree can be found here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-prorroga-la-emergencia-sanitaria-declara-decreto-supremo-n-020-2020-sa-1867295-3.

COVID-19 Cases:  To date, Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports 178,914 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,894 fatalities. Lima and Callao have the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases.  Confirmed cases and fatalities are expected to rise with increased economic activities.  Everyone is encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, and all individuals must wear a facemask at all times in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine Measures:  Peru’s national state of emergency and quarantine measures are in place through Tuesday, June 30.  Mandatory nightly curfew hours in Lima (and most of the country) begin at 9:00 pm and end at 4:00 am.  Curfew hours in the regions of Ancash (the coastal provinces of Santa, Canta, and Huarmey, only), Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, Tumbes, and Ucayali are from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am.  The all-day Sunday curfew remains in effect throughout Peru during the extended state of emergency period.  Limit your time outside, carry your identification and phone, and remember that the use of a facemask is required in public.  We encourage all U.S. citizens in Peru to comply with the Peruvian government’s quarantine measures and to follow the instructions of Peruvian authorities.

Resumption of Certain Activities:  Certain recreational and economic activities are now allowed during non-curfew hours.  Children under 14 are permitted to take short daily walks with an adult near their residence, adults are permitted to engage in outdoor exercise, and certain restaurants are now open for delivery services.  All activities have some special rules and restrictions. For more information and additional resources, visit https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information.

Emergency Repatriation Travel:  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Peru continues to approve limited emergency repatriation flights for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to return to the United States while the Jorge Chávez International Airport and international borders remain closed.  The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru to contact one of our travel partners directly to purchase a ticket on a repatriation flight.  We continue to announce viable scheduled flights through travel partners in our email alerts.  DO NOT WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE U.S. EMBASSY.  We cannot guarantee that flights will continue indefinitely.

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