Coronavirus (COVID-19): Colombia to impose gender restrictions during lockdown

Date : 17 April 2020

Oliver Butterworth

Retail Analyst

Colombia becomes the third country in Latin America to implement gender restrictions during the lockdown, after Peru and Panama.

‘Peak and gender’ lockdown

As of 13 April, the country’s capital city, Bogotá, has imposed a ‘peak and gender’ rule. The measure ordered by Bogotá’s mayor, Claudia López, enables men to leave the house on calendar days that are odd numbers, and women to leave on even numbers. Exemptions from the peak and gender lockdown include public service workers, healthcare providers, food suppliers, essential staffers in banks and supermarkets and security personnel.

Non-binary individuals may leave on days determined by the gender they identify with. The measure is not to discriminate, but to reduce people leaving to three times a week to lessen the number of cases and make it easier for police to identify people violating the lockdown.

Decrease in supermarket influx

Since the launch of the peak and gender initiative, supermarkets have seen a 60% decrease in footfall. Before the lockdown, a 10,000 sq. m store had 3,000 registered people. However, since the new measure, there were 900 men on Monday and 1,500 women on Tuesday.

Consumers can only leave the home for essential activities

Residents of Bogotá can only leave their home for essential activities, such as shopping for groceries and necessities such as medicine, as well as using banking facilities. There are some exemptions including taking a pet for a walk once a day for a maximum of 20 minutes. If caught breaking the rules, citizens face a fine of COP936,323 (US$285).

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