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US Embassy Alert - Nationwide Curfew Expansion

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (March 24, 2020)
Location:  Panama
Event:  Expansion of Nationwide Curfew Hours
Effective Tuesday, March 24, The Government of Panama will expand a nationwide curfew from the current times of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Decree 504 establishes that people who break  health regulations and quarantines will receive fines between $50,000 to $100,000, and this includes sending files to penal authorities in order to protect the population.
The Embassy received notice that Panama may enact nationwide movement restrictions at some point in the near future.  As of now, the movement restrictions are not in effect, and we do not know when it will happen.  However, it could be at any time.  We are working to get more information
The movement restrictions will include regular windows of time for people to grocery shop, get medicines, and take care of other critical activities based on the last digit of their cedula number or passport if an individual does not have a cedula.  For U.S. Citizens in Panama without a cedula, they should carry their passports at all times and only/only move for grocery-meds shopping.  As movement restriction information becomes clearer, the Embassy will provide additional guidance and updates for the U.S. citizen community.
Even with these time allowances, 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.
www.step.state.gov

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