On Friday 3 April Peru’s government announced its decision to close all markets, supermarkets, pharmacies and banks on upcoming Sundays, with immediate effect.
Peru’s Interior Minister Carlos Morán warned the public no one should leave their home on Sundays and there are no excuses as no services will be open.
This restrictive measure has been put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. As of 3 April, Peru had recorded over 1,400 cases, with 55 deaths.
Restricting public movement by gender
As a secondary measure to prevent the spread of the disease, Peru is restricting movement out of the home by gender. Men can only leave the home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, whereas women can leave Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It said the measure should halve the number of people out in public at any one time.
These rules, which will be enforced by both the police and armed forces, will last until at least 12 April, when Peru’s nationwide lockdown is scheduled to be lifted.
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