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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here

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El Minsa publica el protocolo para el retorno ‘a la normalidad’ de las empresas

Flor Cogley L.
10 may 2020 - 06:28 PM

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/minsa-publica-protocolo-que-debe-seguirse-ante-el-levantamiento-gradual-de-la-cuarentena/

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City.

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Sent: 5/11/2020 12:09:32 PM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 11, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 11, 2020) 

  

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

On May 10, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 8,448 cases of COVID-19. 

 

MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

During the nationwide movement restrictions, the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. 

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City. 

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  

  

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.   Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows: 

  

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
  • Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday 
  • Sunday:  Everyone must stay home 
  • Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos)

 

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.   The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

 

On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine.  The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 

 

  • Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 
  • Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 
  • Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 
  • Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am 
  • Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm 
  • Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm 
  • Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm 
  • Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm 
  • Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm 
  • Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm 
  • There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. 

 

Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly. 

  

On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all international commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days. 

  

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.   In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. 

  

On March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. 

 

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. 

  

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama. 

  

The Government of Panama has implemented enhanced quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for the most up to date information on these measures. 

  

Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information. 

  

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

  

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel. 

  

Actions to Take:

 

Assistance: 

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov 

https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 

  

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

  

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

 

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible humanitarian flights on May 15th and May 19th.

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Sent: 5/11/2020 12:15:49 PM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 11, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 11, 2020) 

  

Location: Panama  

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States.  As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.   There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.   If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future.  

 

The Embassy arranged for two commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  Those flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 

 

For now, please closely monitor Spirit’s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 15 or May 19 flights from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL). 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov .  If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit. 

 

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 

 

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.  

 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov 

https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 

 

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

 

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Las reglas sanitarias que las empresas deben seguir en la 'nueva normalidad'

Entre las nuevas medidas de higiene que estableció el Ministerio de Salud para la reapertura de las compañías se encuentra que las mismas deben distribuir mascarillas a sus empleados

Por María Alejandra Carrasquilla Reina

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También se establece la continuidad del teletrabajo.Archivo | La Estrella de Panamá

Aún se desconoce la fecha cierta para la reapertura de las empresas en el país, pero este domingo, la ministra de Salud, Rosario Tuner anunció que se han validados los lineamientos sanitarios para dicho proceso. 

La guía ‘Lineamientos para el retorno a la normalidad de las empresas post COVID-19’ está dirigida a los productores, distribuidores y consumidores; la microempresas, medianas empresas, grandes empresas.

Dicho documento fue elaborado por el Ministerio de Salud, la Caja del Seguro Social, la Organización Panamericana de Salud, el Ministerio de Comercio e Industria y el Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas.

Las cinco nuevas reglas sanitarias que deben cumplir el sector público y privado son las siguientes:

1. Organización del Comité especial de salud e higiene para la prevención y atención del COVID-19 en cada institución pública o privada, empresas y sector económico

2. Medidas de prevención y controles generales para trabajadores, empleadores, clientes, proveedores y visitantes:

a. Higiene de manos frecuente: Lavado de manos con agua y jabón y uso de gel alcoholado;

b. Uso de mascarillas; etiqueta respiratoria y otras recomendaciones. La empresa deberá entregar mascarillas diarias a todos los colaboradores.

c. Distanciamiento físico: por lo menos 2 mts. entre personas en sitios públicos y laborales;

d. Equipo de protección personal según la actividad de los del puesto de trabajo y riesgos inherentes a los mismos.

e. Limpieza y desinfección de áreas y superficies frecuentemente;

f. Manejo adecuado de desechos.

3. Establecer horarios especiales y restricción del número de personas de manera tal que se guarde la medida de distanciamiento físico de 2 metros, así como otras modalidades como el teletrabajo.

4. Monitoreo de síntomas de los colaboradores y clientes. “Se debe tomar diariamente al inicio de la jornada la temperatura a todos los colaboradores, llevando un registro de la temperatura y que síntomas adicionales presentan relacionados con el COVID-19”.

5. Manejo del Estrés laboral. “Los empleadores le permitirán a sus trabajadores tomar pequeñas pausas activas laboral durante la jornada laboral con el objetivo de realizar ejercicios de estiramiento, respiración, buscar agua para hidratarse, ir al baño, etc”.

“La nueva normalidad será gradual, será asimétrica, y con participación social, va a incluir a la familia y los distintos actores sociales del país, pero también tiene que tener solidaridad y disciplina social”, dijo Turner sin ofrecer mayores detalles sobre la reapertura comercial.

 

Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article.

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The health rules that companies must follow in the 'new normal'

Among the new hygiene measures established by the Ministry of Health for the reopening of the companies is that they must distribute masks to their employees.

By María Alejandra Carrasquilla Reina
Updated 11/05/2020 08:49

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The continuity of teleworking is also established. File | The Panama Star

The certain date for the reopening of companies in the country is still unknown, but this Sunday, the Minister of Health, Rosario Tuner announced that the sanitary guidelines for said process have been validated.

The guide 'Guidelines for the return to normality of post-COVID-19 companies' is aimed at producers, distributors and consumers; micro, medium, large companies.

Said document was prepared by the Ministry of Health, the Social Security Fund, the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The five new health rules that the public and private sector must comply with are the following:

1. Organization of the special Health and Hygiene Committee for the prevention and care of COVID-19 in each public or private institution, companies and economic sector

2. Prevention measures and general controls for workers, employers, clients, suppliers and visitors:

a. Frequent hand hygiene: Hand washing with soap and water and use of alcohol gel;

b. Use of masks; respiratory label and other recommendations. The company must deliver daily masks to all collaborators.

c. Physical distance: at least 2 meters. between people in public and work places;

d. Personal protective equipment according to the activity of those in the workplace and the risks inherent therein.

e. Cleaning and disinfecting areas and surfaces frequently;

f. Proper waste management.

3. Establish special hours and restriction of the number of people so that the physical distance measurement of 2 meters is kept, as well as other modalities such as teleworking.

4. Monitoring of symptoms of collaborators and clients. "The temperature should be taken daily at the beginning of the day for all employees, keeping a record of the temperature and what additional symptoms they present related to COVID-19."

5. Management of work stress. "Employers will allow their workers to take short active work breaks during the workday with the goal of stretching, breathing, looking for water to hydrate, going to the bathroom, etc."

"The new normality will be gradual, it will be asymmetric, and with social participation, it will include the family and the different social actors in the country, but it must also have solidarity and social discipline," Turner said without offering further details on the commercial reopening. .

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200511/reglas-sanitarias-empresas-deben-seguir-nueva-normalidad

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As of late Monday, May 11th, 2020 - 8,616 infected, 249 deaths, 4,687 recoveries. 43,663 Covid-19 tests administered (8,616 positives, 1,491 control tests, 33,556 negatives).

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Tocumen is the "hotspot" in Panama, Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases.

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Moderator comment: There is a better (in terms of breadth of the subject as well as the translation) posting about the reopening of businesses at http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/14890-gradual-opening-of-economic-activity-starting-may-13/.

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Cuarentena indefinida sigue vigente en Panamá

12 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/cuarentena-indefinida-sigue-vigente-en-panama/

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Health Ministry guidelines for a move to “new normal”

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Health Minister Rosario Turner

Posted 11/05/2020

Guidelines " for the first steps towards the “new normal”  include the setting up of hundreds of health committees and by public institutions and private companies to "guarantee," a safe return for workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic says the Ministry of Health.

  1. In each public entity and every economic sector, a special health and hygiene committee must be created, which will be in charge of enforcing the protocols and guides issued by the Minsa.
  2. Workers, clients, suppliers, and visitors must follow prevention measures and controls, such as frequent handwashing with soap and water (recommended every half hour), use alcohol-based gel and masks, maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters between people and have general protective equipment according to their work activity. areas and surfaces must be disinfected and trash must be properly managed.
  3. Compsnies will have to establish special hours and restrict the number of people so that physical distancing can be kept.
  4. Frequent monitoring of the symptoms of employees and clients must be carried out, as well as the taking of temperature. No one will be allowed to enter who sets a temperature of 38 degrees or more.
  5. Work stress management and psychological help must be provided.

The return to work will be "gradual and scheduled",. "For face-to-face roles for vulnerable groups: adults over 60 years of age, workers with comorbidity, pregnant women, etc., should be avoided, and teleworking may be considered."

Health Committee
The special health and hygiene committee that each entity or company must create, will be in force for the duration of the pandemic and will be made up of between 2 to 6 workers, depending on the size of the company.

The committee should monitor compliance with all measures taken to deal with the virus, establish a mechanism to detect and monitor symptomatic or asymptomatic workers and report any suspected cases of coronavirus to health authorities.

Masks & gloves
Masks,
must be provided daily to personnel. The use will be obligatory "inside and outside the establishment and those that have to be mobilized due to their functions". The use of latex gloves is not recommended for daily use, except for those cleaning or food-handling workers.

"Gloves give a false sense of security," says the report. “The misuse of gloves favors the spread of microorganisms to other surfaces and people. Perform frequent hand hygiene. "

Waste management  Masks, gloves, towels, gloves ... must be placed in a double, closed bag. the offices must carry out daily cleaning, and a deep cleaning and disinfection every two weeks . Transport and delivery vehicles must be disinfected daily.

The distance of 2 meters that must be maintained. In places where this measure cannot be applied (such as payment conters ), a barrier or protection mechanism must be placed between the cashier and customer.

It is requested to establish staggered shifts at lunchtime, to avoid crowding of staff in the cafeteria, and that each wash their hands when entering and leaving the room.

Companies are  asked to promote the adoption of technologies that minimize contact between people like  online payments or ACH, electronic billing system, among others.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-ministry-guidelines-for-a-move-to-new-normal

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Lineamientos de seguridad sanitaria guiarán el retorno

La reactivación del sector económico y empresarial dependerá del cumplimiento que se haga a las medidas sanitarias para las operaciones dispuestas por el Ministerio de Salud (Minsa).
 
Urania Cecilia Molina
12 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/lineamientos-de-seguridadsanitaria-guiaran-el-retorno/

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Alcaldes y ley seca, un cóctel insípido

Rodrigo Noriega
12 may 2020 - 12:00 AM

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/alcaldes-y-ley-seca-un-coctel-insipido/

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Liquor watcgdogs spot quarantine violators

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Posted 11/05/2020

Inspectors from the Consumer Protection (Acodeco) were on the road early in Panama City on Monday, May 11 to supervise the sale of liquor following the lifting of the Dry Law. They planned to visit 150 stores.

They found Several men lining up to buy liquor, even though  Monday shopping is only for women.  

They sought to ensure that the established limit of 1 six-pack of beer, or 1 bottle of liquor or wine per person was being respected. Penalties can be up to $10,000, depending on the size of the store

Workers in-home delivery companies cannot distribute more than that to an individual.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/liquor-watcgdogs-spot-quarantine-violators-1

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LOCKDOWN: Over 1,500-weekend arrests, 144 towed vehicles

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Posted 11/05/2020

Over 1,500  people were detained over the weekend and 144 vehicles were towed for flouting quarantine rules in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The National Police reported that A total of 1,545 people were arrested; 1,471 adults and 74 minors.

Absolute quarantine is enforced on weekends and only those with safe-conduct because of their work are allowed on the streets.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/lockdown-over-1500-weekend-arrests-144-towed-vehicles

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I noticed a few days ago that roughly 4000 cases in Panama were reclassified from "activo" to "recuperado". However, the Chiriqui numbers reflected no major change. This morning, the number of active cases in Chiriqui dropped from the 70s to the 30s and there are NO active cases in the Chiriqui mountains - 0 in Bajo Boquete, 0 in Alto Boquete. While God certainly performs miracles, I am inclined to ascribe this to bureaucrats catching up to the numbers. I would not be surprised if an arbitrary date was drawn by which all non-fatal cases before that date were reclassified as "recovered". However, be wary of a large spike in the Comarca. There are also still active cases down below the mountains. 

Overall, this is very good news but don't throw away those masks yet. The government is going to take its good time getting us back to normal.

I don't have screen shots but you can visit the online map:

http://minsa.gob.pa/coronavirus-covid19

and click on the orange dots for this area to see what I am referring to.

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Moderator comment: A Tweet by President Corizo approximately 10:00PM on Monday evening, May 11th, 2020. I've extracted the graphic and made it as big as I can, but it is still difficult to read.

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City.

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Sent: 5/12/2020 11:09:30 AM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 12, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 12, 2020) 

  

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

On May 11, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 8,616 cases of COVID-19. 

 

MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

During the nationwide movement restrictions, the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. 

 

On May 11, the Government of Panama announced a gradual plan to reopen the economy beginning May 13.  For details, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA.  Movement restrictions remain in place and the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown.  Updates in English will be posted to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City. 

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  

  

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.   Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows:

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 

  • Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday 

  • Sunday:  Everyone must stay home 

  • Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) 

  

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.   The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

 

On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine.  The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 

 

  • Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 

  • Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 

  • Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 

  • Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am 

  • Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm 

  • Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm 

  • Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm 

  • Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm 

  • Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm 

  • Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm 

  • There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. 

  

Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly. 

  

On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all international commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days. 

  

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.   In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. 

  

On March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. 

 

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. 

  

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama. 

  

The Government of Panama has implemented enhanced quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for the most up to date information on these measures. 

  

Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information. 

  

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

  

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel. 

  

Actions to Take:   

 

Assistance: 

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov 

https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 

  

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

  

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

 

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Moderator comment: Below is an email received from the US Embassy in Panama City regarding possible humanitarian flights on May 15th and May 19th.

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To:
Sent: 5/12/2020 11:13:00 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 12, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 12, 2020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States.  As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.   There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.   If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future. 

 

The Embassy arranged for two commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  Those flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 

 

For now, please closely monitor Spirit’s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 15 or May 19 flights from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL). 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov .  If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit. 

 

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 

 

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov 
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

 

State Department – Consular Affairs 
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

 

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Moderator comment: It is our understanding that certain businesses will begin the process of opening back up on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. However, we are told that customers/clients wanting to patronize those businesses that are open are still subject to restricted mobility, and therefore have only a small time window in which to shop.

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Este miércoles inicia la reapertura de algunas actividades

Manuel Batista •

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A partir de este miércoles iniciará la reapertura de algunas actividades económicas, sin embargo, los empleos informales deberán ser regularizados para que puedan acceder a los salvoconductos y volver a la nueva normalidad.

 

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This Wednesday begins the reopening of some activities

Manuel Batista • May 12, 2020 - 09:00 PM

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Starting this Wednesday, the reopening of some economic activities will begin, however, informal jobs must be regularized so that they can access the safe-conduct and return to the new normal.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/05/13/este-miercoles-inicia-la-reapertura-de-algunas-actividades/2854344.html

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Gobierno anuncia la apertura gradual de la actividad económica desde este 13 de mayo

La apertura del bloque que involucra conciertos, ferias, patronales y discotecas, dependerá de un tratamiento efectivo o vacuna contra el coronavirus

Por Gustavo A. Aparicio O.

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El presidente Laurentino Cotizo Cohen adelantó el anuncio del inicio de la "nueva normalidad" vía Twitter.Archivo | La Estrella de Panamá
 

El Gobierno anunció que a partir de este miércoles 13 de mayo inicia el plan hacia "la nueva normalidad" con seis bloques de diferentes tipos de actividades económicas que empezarán a laborar de manera gradual.        

El Ministro de Comercio e Industrias, Ramón Martínez informó que la hoja de ruta de la "nueva normalidad" es el resultado de evaluar no solo la trasmisión del virus sino su fuerza e impacto económico.

Explicó que la apertura de comercios del primero se dará este 13 de mayo e incluye talleres de mecánica y repuestos en general, servicios técnicos: plomeros, electricistas, mantenimiento de sistemas, aires acondicionados, ascensores, mantenimiento y limpieza de piscinas; la pesca industrial y la acuicultura y las ventas al por menor en su modalidad de ventas en línea o comercio electrónico.

En este bloque, detalló, continúan las medidas sanitarias, el cumplimiento de la cuarentena y las restricciones de movilidad por género y número de cédula y el cumplimiento de los cercos sanitarios.

Además se permitirán reuniones de trabajo de hasta 10 personas y el estricto cumplimiento de los lineamientos para el retorno a la nueva normalidad de las empresas post Covid-19.

En el bloque dos —que aún no tiene fecha de apertura y que va seguir el análisis de los índices de contagio y los índices de uso de las unidades de cuidados intensivos, así como la duplicidad de casos— está el sector de la construcción en su modalidad de infraestructura pública, la minería no metálica, las áreas y lugares de culto, sociales y deportivas solo a una capacidad de 25% y guardando una distancia de dos metros.

El bloque número tres está conformado por el comercio al por menor, el comercio al por mayor, las ventas de autos, servicios profesionales, servicios administrativos y construcción de proyectos privados.

El bloque cuatro conlleva la apertura de hoteles, restaurantes y el transporte aéreo; mientras que el bloque cinco incluye la educación, el transporte no esencial, deporte, bares y sitios de esparcimiento.

El bloque seis, que es la etapa final,  incluye a todos los sectores económicos que no estaban abiertos e incluye conciertos, ferias, patronales y discotecas.

Martínez manifestó que la apertura de este último bloque conlleva que ya exista un tratamiento efectivo o una vacuna de vida contra el coronavirus.

Proceso de adaptación de la población

El anuncio de Martínez se dio en una conferencia de prensa en la que previamente la Ministra de Salud, Rosario Turner pidió el apoyo de la ciudadanía, los trabajadores, las empresas y organizaciones para el inicio de la apertura gradual de las diversas actividades económicas del país, resguardo las diversas medidas sanitarias.

Turner manifestó que esta decisión de apertura a la "nueva normalidad" se da considerando diversos factores, incluyendo la reducción de la propagación del coronavirus a menos de 1% y que espera se mantenga durante los próximos 14 días, tanto a nivel nacional como regional, así como también la mejora de la capacidad instalada dentro del sistema sanitario, que ha permitido que el mismo no colapse.

Indicó que también se ha incrementado la capacidad diagnóstica con alrededor de mil muestras moleculares diarias y se está en el proceso de adquisición de las pruebas serológicas.

Agregó que hay una capacidad que permitirá al sistema de salud atender un número de casos, que espera no se produzcan, pero que buscan mantener los indicadores aceptables y evitar que el virus se siga propagando en el país.

“También hay que ser capaz de darle un seguimiento a los contactos para evitar que el virus se siga propagando, estos son parte de los que requisitos para levantar la cuarentena”, indicó.

Agregó que la nueva normalidad no será una cuestión de un corto plazo. “Se está hablando que esta situación puede durar hasta el 2021 hasta que tengamos la vacuna o una medida terapéutica que dé la seguridad de poder controlar el virus”.

Esa nueva normalidad detalló, debe tener un proceso de adaptación de la población, de cambiar la cultura en aspecto de higiene, las capacidades laborales tienen que ser modificadas, no solo en la competencia de los trabajadores, sino también en los horarios.

Para esta apertura de la actividad comercial la ministra Turner informó que las empresas y las diversas instalaciones deben crear comités especial de higiene que den seguimiento a sus trabajadores y las normas de seguridad, para garantizar el proceso de prevención “porque el Ministerio de Salud no puede estar en todas partes”.

“Es vital que todas las empresas tengan todo el equipamiento necesario para reportar la sintomatología de algún trabajador”, precisó Turner quien agregó que esto incluye el manejo de los desechos y la desinfección de los lugares de trabajo. 

Recorte presupuestario

En tanto, el Ministro de Economía y Finanzas, Héctor Alexander muy brevemente se refirió a la situación presupuestaria de 2020, al cual se ha visto afectada por la baja recaudación de ingresos producto de la pandemia.

Alexander explicó que se han recortado cerca de $2,000 millones a diversas instituciones, reasignando los recursos para afrontar la crisis por la COVID-19, con el fin de que, de ninguna manera le falte recursos al sector salud. “En este momento ésta sigue siendo nuestra prioridad”, afirmó.

 

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Government announces the gradual opening of economic activity from this May 13

The opening of the block that involves concerts, fairs, employers and discos, will depend on an effective treatment or vaccine against the coronavirus

By Gustavo A. Aparicio O.
Updated 11/05/2020 19:18

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President Laurentino Cotizo Cohen announced the start of the "new normal" via Twitter. Archive | The Panama Star

The Government announced that as of this Wednesday, May 13, the plan for "the new normal" will begin with six blocks of different types of economic activities that will begin to work gradually.

The Minister of Commerce and Industries, Ramón Martínez reported that the "new normal" roadmap is the result of evaluating not only the transmission of the virus but its strength and economic impact.

He explained that the opening of shops of the first will take place this May 13 and includes mechanical workshops and general parts, technical services: plumbers, electricians, system maintenance, air conditioners, elevators, maintenance and cleaning of swimming pools; industrial fisheries and aquaculture and retail sales in the form of online sales or electronic commerce.

In this block, he explained, sanitary measures continue, quarantine compliance and mobility restrictions by gender and ID number and compliance with sanitary fences.

In addition, work meetings of up to 10 people and strict compliance with the guidelines for the return to the new normality of post-Covid-19 companies will be allowed.

In block two - which does not yet have an opening date and which will continue the analysis of contagion rates and rates of use of intensive care units, as well as the duplication of cases - is the construction sector in its modality of public infrastructure, non-metallic mining, areas and places of worship, social and sports only at a capacity of 25% and keeping a distance of two meters.

Block number three is made up of retail trade, wholesale trade, car sales, professional services, administrative services and construction of private projects.

Block four involves the opening of hotels, restaurants and air transportation; while block five includes education, nonessential transportation, sports, bars, and recreation.

Block six, which is the final stage, includes all the economic sectors that were not open and includes concerts, fairs, employers and discotheques.

Martínez stated that the opening of this last block implies that there is already an effective treatment or a life-time vaccine against the coronavirus.

Population adaptation process

Martínez's announcement was made at a press conference in which the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner, previously asked for the support of citizens, workers, companies and organizations to start the gradual opening of the country's various economic activities. , I protect the various sanitary measures.

Turner said that this decision to open to the "new normal" is given considering various factors, including the reduction of the spread of the coronavirus to less than 1% and that he hopes will be maintained for the next 14 days, both nationally and regionally, as well as the improvement of the installed capacity within the sanitary system, which has allowed it not to collapse.

He indicated that the diagnostic capacity has also been increased with around a thousand molecular samples daily and that the serological tests are being acquired.

He added that there is a capacity that will allow the health system to attend to a number of cases, which it hopes will not occur, but which seek to maintain acceptable indicators and prevent the virus from continuing to spread in the country.

"You also have to be able to follow up on contacts to prevent the virus from spreading further, these are part of the requirements for quarantine," he said.

He added that the new normal will not be a question of the short term. "There is talk that this situation may last until 2021 until we have the vaccine or a therapeutic measure that gives us the security of being able to control the virus."

That new normality detailed, it must have a process of adaptation of the population, of changing the culture in the aspect of hygiene, the labor capacities have to be modified, not only in the competence of the workers, but also in the schedules.

For this opening of commercial activity, Minister Turner reported that companies and the various facilities must create special hygiene committees that monitor their workers and safety regulations, to guarantee the prevention process "because the Ministry of Health cannot be everywhere ”.

"It is vital that all companies have all the necessary equipment to report the symptoms of a worker," said Turner, adding that this includes waste management and disinfection of workplaces.

Budget cut

Meanwhile, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Héctor Alexander very briefly referred to the budgetary situation of 2020, which has been affected by the low revenue collection as a result of the pandemic.

Alexander explained that nearly $ 2 billion has been cut to various institutions, reallocating resources to deal with the crisis by COVID-19, so that the health sector is in no way short of resources. "Right now this is still our priority," he said.

 

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200511/gobierno-anuncia-apertura-actividad-economica-13-mayo

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"From tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, parents can take a child according to the last number of the adult's ID (day and time), one per family," she announced. Minister of Health #Panamá

 

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OPINION The Missing New Normal Road Map

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Posted 12/05/2020

Citizens have been left in a vacuum after the long-awaited announcement last night, the one that promised to disclose the Road Map that will lead us to the new normal. The only thing that became clear at the conclusion of the press conference is that we will remain confined, indefinitely.

The government's lack of transparency is a mistake, either because it refuses to share the true schedule with the population or because it lacks a clear strategy.

The population has been subjected to one of the most severe confinements on the continent for weeks and demands that they be treated with respect, clearly, that they be informed with maturity, as the vast majority of this country has behaved, and not as scolded children those who cannot be told the truth. The Road Map indicates an ambiguous path, without direction or goal, lacking information and hope, while keeping a population confined, without even being able to go out in the sun or exercise. Panamanians have supported all government guidelines, paying a huge personal, family, labor and social cost. But gentlemen, patience runs out-  LA PRENSA, May 11

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/opinion/opinion-the-missing-new-normal-road-map

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COVID

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Posted 11/05/2020

The mortality rate of patients infected with COVID—19  in Panama is 2.8%, lower than the world average estimated at 7% reported Health Minister Rosario Turner on Monday. May 11 as five new deaths brought the total  who have died from the virus to 249  with te total number of accumulated cases at 8,618.

Panama has 42% of the beds in intensive care units available. In addition, 49% of the beds in the wards of different hospitals in the country are available along with 67% of ventilators in the public and private sectors.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/virus-mortality-rate-in-panama-at-28-1

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Virus brings Appetito home deliveries down 40%

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Posted 12/05/2020

The Appetito24 platform reported that the closure of 70% of the restaurants subscribed to the service during the month of April has led to  a 40% decrease in orders. This decrease was reflected in the economic income of motorized dealers who provide home delivery service, the platform reported on Tuesday, May 12.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/virus-brings-appetito-home-deliveries-down-40

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Sent: 5/13/2020 9:36:34 AM
Subject: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 13, 2020)
 

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Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 13, 2020) 

  

Event:  COVID-19 Situation Report and Reminders 

 

On May 12, Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed 8,783 cases of COVID-19. 

 

MINSA reminds citizens and residents of Panama that staying at home, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently are the best means of prevention against COVID-19.  It also requires the use of masks, even homemade ones, when in public. 

 

During the nationwide movement restrictions, the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly.  Take the opportunity to stock up on any medicines and food supplies you may need to shelter in place in your homes for an extended period of time. 

 

On May 12, MINSA announced that parents may take one child per family outside, near their home or in the social areas of their apartment building, during the two-hour window of the accompanying parent. 

 

On May 11, the Government of Panama announced a gradual plan to reopen the economy beginning May 13.  For details, see the infographic in this tweet from MINSA.  Movement restrictions remain in place and the date for opening additional business blocks remains unknown.  Updates in English will be posted to the Embassy’s COVID-19 information page (see link below).  

 

On April 21, the Municipal Council of the City of Panama passed a new decree stating that anyone leaving their residence must be wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth.  Panamanian National Police and Municipal Police will enforce the decree which extends throughout the metropolitan area of Panama City. 

 

On April 20, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 30 days through May 22.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. 

 

The Embassy is working on evacuation options via commercial humanitarian and military flights for those U.S. Citizens wishing to depart Panama.  Please express your interest in consideration for potential evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov.  

  

On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender.   Individuals will be permitted to circulate during the same hours determined by ID number as set forth in previous decrees.  However, the expanded restrictions only allow for movements as follows: 

  

  • Women:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 

  • Men:  Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturday 

  • Sunday:  Everyone must stay home 

  • Normal exceptions apply for holders of permission letters (salvoconductos) 

  

Hours of circulation during the total quarantine are intended only for essential purchases by one person per household.   The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Panama that it is always obligatory to comply with local laws. 

 

On March 26, Panama announced the nationwide suspension of commercial passenger and domestic charter flights, in addition to the March 22 ban on international commercial passenger flights.  There are exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines. 

 

On March 25, Panama enacted nationwide movement restrictions, also being referred to as quarantine.  The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to conduct essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas and medicines, or dealing with a medical emergency, based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  U.S. Citizens in Panama should always carry their passports, and their Panamanian cedula if they have one.  The two-hour windows are as follows: 

 

  • Last number is 7 – 6:30 – 8:30am 

  • Last number is 8 – 7:30 – 9:30am 

  • Last number is 9 – 8:30 – 10:30am 

  • Last number is 0 – 9:30 – 11:30am 

  • Last number is 1 – 12:30 – 2:30pm 

  • Last number is 2 – 1:30 – 3:30pm 

  • Last number is 3 – 2:30 – 4:30pm 

  • Last number is 4 – 3:30 – 5:30pm 

  • Last number is 5 – 4:30 – 6:30pm 

  • Last number is 6 – 5:30 – 7:30pm 

  • There is a special window for those over 60 years old, regardless of cedula or passport numbers, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. 

  

Even with these time allowances, during the nationwide movement restrictions the Embassy encourages everyone to prepare accordingly. 

  

On March 22, the Panamanian government suspended all international commercial flights into and out of Panama for 30 days. 

  

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.   In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. 

  

On March 17, U.S. Embassy Panama suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. 

 

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. 

  

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps has reduced/evacuated all Volunteers from Panama. 

  

The Government of Panama has implemented enhanced quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of the Panamanian Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for the most up to date information on these measures. 

  

Schools and universities are closed nation-wide.  Sporting events, festivals, and all gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information. 

  

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

  

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel. 

  

Actions to Take: 

  

 

Assistance: 

  

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 

Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 

Clayton, Panama 

+507 317-5000 

Panama-ACS@state.gov 

https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 

  

State Department – Consular Affairs 

+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444 

  

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Sent: 5/13/2020 9:30:04 AM
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 13, 2020)
 

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (May 13, 2020) 

 

Location: Panama 

 

Event: Planned Commercial Humanitarian Flights 

 

At present the Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States.  As the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance may become more limited or even unavailable.   There is no guarantee that the Department of State will be able to continue to provide repatriation assistance and transportation options to the United States may be unavailable in the future.   If you choose to remain overseas, you should be prepared to remain where you are for the foreseeable future. 

 

The Embassy arranged for two commercially-operated humanitarian flights for any U.S. citizen or other qualified traveler able to enter the United States who had expressed wishes to depart Panama.  Those flights are now full.  There are no other planned flights.   We encourage you to be prepared to remain in Panama for the next 30-60 days, or perhaps more. 

 

For now, please closely monitor Spirit’s website (www.Spirit.com) for any openings due to cancelations on the May 15 or May 19 flights from Panama City, Panama (PTY) to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (FLL). 

 

NOTE – The Embassy is continuing its efforts to identify future flights.  However, it is most likely that they will be with the same airline and the same route.  All domestic travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. 

 

If you have not already done so, please express your interest in consideration for future evacuation flights by emailing:  PanamaCityUSCitizen@state.gov .  If you have previously expressed your interest, you do NOT need to resubmit. 

 

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Panama City security updates: https://step.state.gov/ 

 

Consult the Embassy’s website (https://pa.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Panama and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 
Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue 
Clayton, Panama 
+507 317-5000 
Panama-ACS@state.gov 
https://pa.usembassy.gov/ 
 

 

State Department – Consular Affairs 
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As of late Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 - 8,783 infected, 248* deaths, 4,687 recoveries. 44,561 Covid-19 tests administered (8,783 positives, 1,528 control tests, 34,250 negatives).

*Note: Not sure how the number of deaths can decrease. The Minsa website was not updated for late Tuesday (5/12/2020) statistics, meaning that the last reported statistics were for Monday evening (5/11/2020). 249 deaths were reported as of late Monday and today the report is 248 deaths.

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Tocumen is the "hotspot" in Panama, Alto Boquete remains at 14 confirmed cases, and Bajo Boquete remains at 3 confirmed cases. BTW, the Minsa website does report the 14 cases in Alto Boquete, and the 3 cases in Bajo Boquete are recovered. That means no active coronavirus cases in the Boquete area.

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