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12 Sep 2020 | 10:39 PM UTC

Panama: Authorities to ease some COVID-19 restrictions from September 14 /update 19

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Authorities announce the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions from September 14; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/19/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Panama). COUNTRY/REGION Panama

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Panamanian authorities announced that some restrictions previously implemented in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be eased from Monday, September 14. Under the easing of restrictions, the nationwide curfew will be pushed back to 23:00 to 05:00 (local time) Monday to Saturday in most areas of the country. However, a full curfew remains in place in Panama and Panama Oeste provinces on Sundays, the 19:00 to 05:00 weekday curfew full weekend lockdown will also continue in the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Colon, and Chiriqui.

Gender-based movement restrictions will be lifted from September 14, while business operations remain unchanged.

As of Saturday, September 12, there have been 100,330 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Panama with 2140 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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