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PANAMA EXEMPTS FROM SUBMITTING COVID-19 TESTS TO VACCINATED TRAVELERS


Through Executive Decree No. 833 of August 30, 2021, Panama has eliminated the requirement to present COVID-19 tests and to carry on a 72-hour preventive quarantine, for travelers arriving in the national territory, as long as the person has completed the vaccination pr...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 60


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced today some modifications t...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 59


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced today some modifications t...

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GUATEMALA - REGULATION FOR THE COMPENSATION MECHANISM FOR THE USE OF VACCINES AGAINST COVID-19 AUTHORIZED FOR EMERGENCY USE


We inform you that through Ministerial Agreement No. 150-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance published on July 10 in the Official Journal, the Regulation of the compensation mechanism for the use of vaccines against Covid-19 that have authorization for eme...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 57


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced today some modifications t...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 58


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced today a modification to th...

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GUATEMALA - PROVISIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE SERIOUS ADVERSE REACTIONS TO COVID-19 VACCINE ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE


We inform you that through Ministerial Agreement No. 149-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance published on July 10 in the Official Journal, the provisions for the integration and operation of the Committee for the Evaluation of Serious Adverse Reactions to ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 54


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.   As noted in recent weeks, the increase in COVID-19 infections and...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 55


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced new measures that apply fr...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 51


Arias created an interdisciplinary taskforce with the participation of different practice areas, which is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced a new modification to the ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 53


Arias created an interdisciplinary taskforce with the participation of different practice areas, which is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.   The Government of Costa Rica, due to the increase in cases relate...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 48


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas to monitor and inform about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The Government of Costa Rica announced today the new measures effective from March 1s...

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GUATEMALA - AUTHORIZATION OF THE NORM OF EXCEPTION OF LIABILITY AND COMPENSATION FOR SERIOUS ADVERSE REACTIONS ATTRIBUTED TO COVID-19 VACCINES


Ministerial Agreement 40-2021 of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance authorized the Norm of Exception of Liability and Compensation for Serious Adverse Reactions Attributable to Covid-19 Vaccines. This Agreement was published in the Official Journal this year, on ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 47


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The Government of Costa Rica announced today some modifications to the me...

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EL SALVADOR - ENFORCEMENT OF THE SPECIAL TRANSITORY LAW TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19 DISEASE


On January 23, 2020, the President of the Congress of El Salvador, based on his constitutional powers, published in “La Prensa Gráfica” newspaper, the Legislative Decree No. 757, which contains the "Special Transitory Law to Contain The Pandemic due to Cov...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 44


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced today the following measur...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 46


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced measures that will be in p...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 UPDATE #25 - PANAMA ORDERS A NEW LOCKDOWN


The Panamanian authorities decided to tighten health measures in an attempt to control the escalation of daily COVID-19 contagions that weekly adds up to 20,000 new cases.   Thus, total lockdown is decreed, without labor, from 7:00 pm from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 202...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 UPDATE #26 - PANAMA ORDERS NEW MEASURES FOR COVID-19


The National Government modified mobility restrictions in the country, authorizing a progressive opening from Thursday, January 14, 2021, as follow:   Daily curfew is established from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.   Mandatory lockdown on weekends from Friday, January ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 45


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced the extension of the perio...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 42


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   Following up on the migratory measures emitted by the Costa Rican...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 41


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Immigration Authorities announced that through the website&nb...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 40


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced modifications in the weeke...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 43


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   Following up on the migratory measures emitted by the Costa Rican...

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EL SALVADOR - TRANSITORY PROVISION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WORKERS UNDER VULNERABLE MEDICAL CONDITION (COVID-19)


Through Legislative Decree Number 724 dated September 3, 2020, Congress of the Republic of El Salvador approved the "Transitory Provision to Protect Workers under Vulnerable Medical Condition due to COVID-19". Vulnerable workers from public and private sector are t...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #22 -- SANITARY MEASURES TO ENTER PANAMA


By means of the Executive Decree Nº1089 of September 23, 2020, new measures for the entry of nationals, residents and foreigners in the Republic of Panama have been established for the duration of the State of Emergency.   From today, the mandatory 14 days isolation a...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 39


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica has been gradually opening the econo...

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EL SALVADOR - SPECIAL TRANSITORY LAW TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19 DISEASE


On October 29, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador approved Legislative Decree No. 757, which contains the "SPECIAL TRANSITORY LAW TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19 DISEASE", in order to establish the provisions for the comprehensive care, management and control of ...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #23 -- RESTAURANTS OPEN IN PANAMA


The National Government enacted the Resolution Nº 902 of September 24, 2020, to authorize the recovery, operation, and mobilization of the following economic activities, as of today Monday, September 28:   Restaurants and kiosks Shopping malls and face-to-face reta...

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GUATEMALA - NEW GOVERNMENT PROVISIONS ON DRUG PRICE CONTROL DURING THE STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY BY COVID-19


We inform you that through the Government Agreement 130-2020 of the Ministry of Economy, published on the first of September of this year in the Official Journal, the Government of Guatemala in accordance with the State of Public Calamity establishes maximum sales prices to the c...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #21 -- PANAMA REOPENING MORE ACTIVITIES


The Government of Panama launched a calendar for the gradual release of restrictions for commercial, sports and social activities, as follows: Reopening is pending with no schedule date for: Schools, Universities, Nurseries and Day Care centres, Gyms, Cinemas, Casinos, Museums...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 37


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.   The Government of Costa Rica announced today the following measur...

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MIGRATION PROVISIONS IN HONDURAS


The Secretary of State in the Offices of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization issued a Ministerial Agreement, which contains important provisions for foreigners living in Honduras:   Tourism, officials, businesses and other non-resident foreigners: The permit o...

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GUATEMALA - ESSENTIAL MEDICINES FOR COVID-19 PATIENT CARE


We inform you that through Ministerial Agreement No. 190-2020 of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance published on August 10 in the Official Journal, Article 8 "Post-commercialization Analysis of Essential Medicines" of Ministerial Agreement No. 172-2020 ...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #19


By means of the Law Nº157 of August 3, 2020, temporary measures for the preservation of employments were enacted by the Ministry of Labor to support employees that were suspended during the State of Emergency. This Law is applicable to companies which have totally or partia...

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GUATEMALA - PROVISIONS TO BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR THE OPENING OF WORK CENTERS


The Government of the Republic of Guatemala has issued a series of legal provisions, derived from the health crisis as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, which must be taken into consideration for the opening of work centers. Are you aware of the mandatory provisions for the ope...

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HONDURAS - ECONOMIC REOPENING: PHASE 1


The Government of the Republic of Honduras through the Council of Secretaries of State, regarding the economic reopening in its Phase 1, determined: As of Monday, August 1, 2020, pilots are being carried out for public transport, to be reopened through the Honduran Institute o...

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HONDURAS - UPDATE ECONOMIC REOPENING: PHASE 1. AIRPORTS OPENING


The resumption of local or national flights was determined as of August 10, 2020 and of international flights as of August 17, 2020, within the framework of the economic reactivation. It was decided to extend the Curfew throughout the Honduran territory, from Sunday, August 9 ...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #20


The National Government, by means of the Executive Decree Nº 314/August/2020, has modified regulations regarding leases and eviction procedures during the State of Emergency. The official mandate is summarized as follow: Rental payments could be deferred until two mont...

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COSTA RICA - NEW ANTITRUST RULES DURING COVID-19 CRISIS


The Costa Rican Antitrust Authority (“COPROCOM”), with the purpose of supporting the economic reactivation of the country, issued new provisional rules for the treatment of agreements among competitors to collaborate or coordinate certain actions. These rules establis...

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GUATEMALA - NEW REQUIREMENT EMPLOYERS MUST PRESENT TO THE MINISTRY OF LABOR


NEW REQUIREMENT THAT EMPLOYERS MUST PRESENT TO THE MINISTRY OF LABOR FOR SUSPENDED EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE THE EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION BONUS   On July 23, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security has announced a new requirement for suspended workers to receive the economic ben...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 36


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of Costa Rica announced today the following measures: Ope...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 35


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of Costa Rica announced today the following measures: Upd...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #18 NEW MEASURES ESTABLISHED DUE TO COVID-19


As a result of the increase in infection rates, confinement measures for 5 of the country's 10 provinces have been tightened. Thus, for Panama, Panama West, Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro has been decreed total quarantine, that is, absolute prohibition to ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 34


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of the Republic announced new measures to contain the spr...

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GUATEMALA - NEW PROVISIONS TO PROCEDURES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF REGULATION AND CONTROL OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND RELATED PRODUCTS


On July 6 was published in the Official Gazette the Agreement 172-2020 of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, which establishes the requirements of documents from abroad that require law passes or apostille during the period of the State of Public Calamity establ...

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NEW MEASURES IMPLEMENTED AT THE BORDER POSTS FOR ENTERING NICARAGUA


Through Ministerial Resolution number 346-2020 emitted by the Ministry of Health (MINSA), it was decided to adopt new measures for the entry into the country to strengthen the epidemiological control of the Covid-19 Pandemic, which began to take effect on July 13, 2020. The meas...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 31


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. Following up on the migratory measures applied by the Government of Cost...

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EL SALVADOR: EXTENSION PHASE 1 FOR THE GRADUAL REOPENING OF THE ECONOMY


On July 5, 2020, the Government of El Salvador announced an official statement in which, due to the accelerated increase on infections and deaths resulting from COVID-19 virus, the Phase I of the Economic Reactivation is extended for 15 days, postponing the start of the Phase II ...

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GUATEMALA: VEHICLE CIRCULATION TAX (ISCV) PAYMENT TERM’S EXTENSION


Decree 24-2020 of the Guatemalan Congress was published on July 6th, 2020. This decree establishes that, as result of the economic impact of COVID-19, the payment term of the Vehicle Circulation Tax (ISCV) will be extended from July 31st, 2020 to October 31st, 2020. For question...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 30


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of the Republic expands the restrictive measures, due to ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 29


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  As an update on the migratory measures adopted by the Costa Rican G...

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MIGRATION PROVISIONS IN HONDURAS


The Secretary of State in the Offices of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization issued a Ministerial Agreement published on June 24, 2020 in the Diario Oficial La Gaceta, which contains important provisions for foreigners living in Honduras: Tourism, officials, businesses ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 28


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  Orange Alert The following cantons and districts remain on Orange...

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EXTENSION OF MEASURES IN HONDURAS


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: It was determined to continue with Phase I of the Intelligent Opening Process throughout the Honduran territory, from Sunday, J...

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HONDURAS - EXTENSION OF CURFEW. PROGRESSIVE REOPENING


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: The progressive reopening for the national territory is maintained in Phase I, with the exception of the Central District for w...

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EL SALVADOR: VENCIMIENTO DE PRÓRROGA IMPUESTO SOBRE LA RENTA (Available only in Spanish)


Infórmate de todas las implicaciones legales ante la pandemia en la región en nuestro Whatsapp Regional haciendo clic aquí ...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #17 BACK TO CURFEW


The Panamanian Government has resumed mandatory quarantine in the two main provinces of Panama with the aim of reducing mobility to 50%; thus, from today Monday, June 8, women and men will move on different days, only 2 hours per day, prohibiting absolute circulation on we...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 26


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  Due to the increase of confirmed cases regarding COVID-19 in some s...

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EL SALVADOR: DECREES ISSUED TO ATTEND THE EMERGENCY CAUSED DUE TO THE TROPICAL STORM AMANDA


Legislative Decree No. 649 On May 31, 2020 the Legislative Assembly issued legislative decree No. 649, to attend the current climate emergency caused by the Tropical Storm Amanda, which has caused several damages in the infrastructure of houses, offices, schools, roads, bridg...

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EL SALVADOR: EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On June 2, 2020, the Executive Decree in the Health Branch No. 29 was issued, through which extraordinary prevention and containment measures are established to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control, in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The p...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 27


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic suspendes the third phase of economi...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW AND PROGRESSIVE REOPENING


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the absolute curfew (nationwide), which is effective until Sunday, June 07, 2020, at 11:00 PM. Notwithstanding the...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW. SECOND PHASE PROGRESSIVE REOPENING


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the absolute curfew at the national level, which is effective until Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 11:00 PM. Notwi...

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HONDURAS - EXTENSION OF CURFEW IN HONDURAS AND PROGRESSIVE REOPENING


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the absolute curfew (nationwide), which is effective until Sunday, June 14, 2020, at 11:00 PM. Notwithstanding the...

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GUATEMALA: EXTENSION AND AMENDMENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PROVISIONS ISSUED DUE TO COVID-19


Today, June 15,  2020, the Extension, Addition and Amendment to the Presidential Provisions during the state of Public Calamity and Mandatory Orders (hereinafter, "Presidential Provisions") was published in the Official Gazette, which will be effective until Monday...

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COVID19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 25


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of Costa Rica announced measures to reopen the count...

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GUATEMALA: EXTENSION AND AMENDMENTS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PROVISIONS IN THE EVENT OF PUBLIC CALAMITY AND ORDERS FOR STRICT COMPLIANCE


Today, June 1, 2020, the Extension and Amendments of the Presidential Provisions in the event of Public Calamity and Orders for Strict Compliance were published in the Official Journal. First, it establishes that the temporary restrictions indicated in the Presidential Provisions...

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COVID19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 24


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  Today two executive decrees come into force (42351-H and 42350-MGP-...

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PANAMA: DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF REVENUE EXTENDS FILING TERM FOR CERTAIN REPORTS


By means of Resolution 201-2722 of May 20, 2020, the directorate General of Revenue of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Panama extended for an additional month, until July 31st, 2020 the term for filing the report of non-declaring taxpayers, the credit card sales report and...

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HONDURAS - EXTENSION OF CURFEW AND SPECIAL MEASURES UPDATE (COVID-19)


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the absolute curfew (nationwide), which is effective until Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 11:00 PM. Notwithstanding the ...

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GUATEMALA: ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO PROTECT THE POPULATION FROM ECONOMIC EFFECTS CAUSE BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Decree 15- 2020 of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala    These economic-financial measures are intended to enable families, as well as micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, to cope with the economic consequences of the emergency generated by COVID-19, allo...

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HONDURAS: REGULATION FOR THE IMPORT OF BIOSECURITY EQUIPMENT


The Sanitary Regulation Agency (ARSA) has established the guidelines for the importation of medical devices and other products of sanitary interest (masks, antibacterial gel and biosafety equipment). Considering that the Honduran government has authorized the reopening of some w...

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GUATEMALA: AUTHORIZATION FOR THE TRANSPORT OF STAFF DURING THE STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY


In accordance with the PRESIDENTIAL PROVISIONS DURING THE STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY AND MANDATORY ORDERS issued on May 14 as amended on May 17 (hereinafter the "Provisions"), entities that must continue with their activities without closure option (FOURTH provision), as ...

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EL SALVADOR: EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR THE FILING OF THE INCOME TAX STATEMENT AND THE PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX AND OTHER TAX OBLIGATIONS


On May 14, 2020, through the Legislative Decree No. 643 the Congress approved the Temporary Law to Facilitate Voluntary Compliance with Tax Obligations due to the National Emergency caused by the Pandemic by COVID-19. Such legislative decree was published in the Official Gazette ...

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EXTENSION OF CURFEW IN HONDURAS AND SPECIAL MEASURES (COVID-19)


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the absolute curfew (nationwide), which is effective until Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 11:00 PM. Notwithstanding the ...

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GUATEMALA - NEW PRESIDENTIAL PROVISIONS


The presidential provisions of April 12 and subsequent ones that were applicable until May 14, 2020 at 24:00 are abrogated. 1. Stay-at-Home order. i. Strict Stay-at-Home order. ii. Restriction of freedom of movement, including the transit and circulation of people, crew, passe...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 23


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.    UPDATE ON THE MIGRATORY MEASURES As an update on the migra...

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EXECUTIVE DECREE No. 24 - PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE 8 OF THE LAW FOR THE REGULATION FOR THE ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, OBSERVATION AND VIGILANCE DUE TO COVID-19 IN El Salvador


On May 9, 2020, the Government of El Salvador, in the Health Branch issued and published Executive Decree No. 24, through which additional causes to those provided for in Article 8 of the Law for the Regulation for the Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and Vigilance due to Covid...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 22


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of Costa Rica announced the following measures for t...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 21


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of Costa Rica announced the following measures to re...

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COSTA RICA: NEW GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS TO ABIDE BY FOR THE REOPENING OF OFFICES AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY


The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, together with representatives of the private and public sectors, have developed national guidelines for the surveillance of the Coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) and specific protocols with prevention and ...

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EL SALVADOR: SPECIAL PERMIT TO OPERATE AS AN ESSENTIAL PRODUCT OR SERVICE DURING THE EMERGENCY


Due to the increase in the number of cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), El Salvador continues in a state of national emergency. Therefore, on May 7th, was approved the Legislative Decree number 639, named “Law for Regulation of Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and S...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 20


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica announced new migrator...

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EXECUTIVE DECREE No. 22 - PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE 8 OF THE LAW FOR THE REGULATION FOR THE ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, OBSERVATION AND VIGILANCE DUE TO COVID-19


On May 6, 2020, the Executive Body in the Health Branch established with the issuance of Executive Decree No. 22, additional causes to those provided for in Article 8 of the Law for the Regulation for the Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and Vigilance due to Covid-19, as justif...

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EL SALVADOR: SALVADORAN EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LAW


On May 5th the Legislative Assembly by the initiative of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Economy decreed the Salvadoran Employment Protection Law aimed to establish measures to mitigate the economic impact and its effect on Salvadoran employees caused by the...

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EL SALVADOR: APPROVAL TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL $1000 MILLION DOLLARS TO ATTEND THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY


On May 5th the Legislative Assembly authorized the Executive branch to manage and allocate credit securities for up to $1 billion, in addition to the $2 billion for the COVID-19 emergency. This new debt package will serve to finance and launch an economic plan to rescue micro, s...

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EL SALVADOR: REGULATION LAW FOR ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, OBSERVATION, AND VIGILANCE DUE TO COVID-19


On May 5th, 2020, the Legislative Assembly agreed on a Regulation Law for isolation, quarantine, observation, and vigilance for COVID-19 placed by an initiative of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Health. Due to the epidemiologic situation of COVID-19 to dat...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #16 RELIEF MEASURES GRANTED


By means of Executive Decree No. 145 of May 1st, 2020 is ordered: Suspension of the processes of launch and eviction of properties intended for housing, professional, commercial, and industrial use, without distinction of the rental fee, for the duration of the State of Nation...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 19


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  Costa Rican government announces new measures in face of COVID-19 c...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW AND SPECIAL MEASURES


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the curfew (nationwide), which will remain in  effect until Sunday May 17, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Notwithstanding ...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW IN HONDURAS AND SPECIAL MEASURES (COVID-19)


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the curfew (nationwide), which will remain in  effect until Sunday May 03, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Notwithstanding ...

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EL SALVADOR: THE CONGRESS EXTENDS THE DEADLINE FOR THE FILING OF THE INCOME TAX STATEMENT AND THE PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX


On April 30, 2020, though the Legislative Decree No. 635 the Congress approved the granting of an extension for the filing and payment of the income tax for the tax year of two thousand and nineteen, which term expired on April 30, 2020. By virtue of such extension, the term for...

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EL SALVADOR: TRANSITORY LEGISLATIVE DECREE N°635


This April 30, 2020, the Salvadoran Congress approved the transitory decree No. 635, by means of which, among other things, authorizes all legal entities to hold General Meetings and Assemblies by means of videoconference, for which, the regulations established in the second and ...

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GUATEMALA: SUMMARY OF THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL


Today, the following was published in the Official Journal: Government Decree No. 8-2020 of the Presidency of the Republic, through which the term of the State of Public Calamity contained in the Government Decree No. 5-2020, which was approved by Decree No. 8-2020 of the...

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GUATEMALA: APPROVAL FOR THE DEFERRED PAYMENT OF EMPLOYMENT FEES TO THE GUATEMALAN INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE INSTITUTE OF RECREATION OF WORKERS BY COVID-19


By Agreement 1472 of the Board of Directors of the Guatemalan Social Security Institute –IGSS-, published in the Official Gazette on April 20 of this year, the deferred payment of the private sector employer contributions was agreed for the months of March, April and May 20...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 18


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  Costa Rican government announces concession of important infrastruc...

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GUATEMALA: COVID-19 DEPARTMENT OF REGULATION AND CONTROL OF PHARMACEUTICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS DISPOSITIONS


On April 24 of the present year, the Department of Regulation and Control of Pharmaceuticals and Related Products of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, issued the Jef.DRCPFA-01-2020 statement about documents from abroad that require law passes or apostille for t...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 17


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica established new guidel...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 16


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica announced new migrator...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #15 - EXTRAORDINARY PROCEDURES TO IMPORT MEDICINES HAVE BEEN DECREED


The National Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Ministry of Health have adopted temporary procedures for the duration of the Estate of Emergency, summarized as follow: Documents required for importation of pharmaceutical products could be presented without respective ...

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GUATEMALA: GOVERNMENT AGREEMENT 58-2020 - EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION


Through Government Agreement 58-2020 of the Ministry of Economy, the Regulation for the Granting of the Benefit of the Employment Protection Fund was issued, which entered into force on April 17, 2020. The benefit regulated in said Regulations will be granted to workers in the p...

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EL SALVADOR: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19


The entire world is currently facing one of the worst pandemics in human history. The spread of the COVID-19 virus does not only have an impact on the health systems and economies of all nations, but also on the environment. There are some positive and negative environmental repe...

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HONDURAS: NEW PROVISIONS REGARDING CUSTOMS MATTERS


The Honduran Customs Administration, by virtue of the state of emergency and considering that all legal terms are suspended, has issued provisions in order to: Not apply the suspension of legal deadlines to the notification of resolutions, notifIcation of the opening of eviden...

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PANAMA: GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF REVENUE ENABLES NOTIFICATIONS BY E-MAIL


Putting in practice what is established in Article 6 of Law No. 134 of 2020, which modified Article 101 of the Tax Procedure Code (“TPC”), the Directorate General of Revenue of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Panama (“DGI”, as per it...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #14 - EXTENSION FOR LABOR CONTRACTS INTERRUPTION


The Ministry of Labor has automatically extended for a 30 days period, the suspension of labor contracts of companies which have been shut down by the National Government. On the contrary, companies that have closed due to the shutting down of other businesses shall request ...

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EL SALVADOR: RENEWAL OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE HEALTH PERMITS


In relation to the emergency that we are experiencing worldwide due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health of El Salvador informed that for all those imported foods and beverages products, which health permits must be renewed but in their countries of origin the issuance of Free Sal...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW IN HONDURAS AND SPECIAL MEASURES (COVID-19)


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the curfew (nationwide), which will remain in  effect until Sunday April 26, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Notwithstandin...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 631 - EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On April 16, 2020, Congress approved Legislative Decree No. 631, with the purpose of extending for fifteen (15) more days the term of Legislative Decree No. 593 dated March 14, 2020, and its subsequent reforms. In Decree No. 593, the Congress declared State of National Emergency,...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 15


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic announced new vehicle restrictions m...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #13: NEW EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES


The Social Security Agency has extended the suspension of the judicial terms of the coercive jurisdiction and the legal terms of all administrative proceedings until May 15, 2020. The Colon Free Zone has announced the suspension of the payment for the leases of April, May and ...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE NO. 19 - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL, IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On April 13, 2020, Executive Decree No. 19 in the Health Branch was issued, abolishing Executive Decrees No. 14 and 15, and aiming to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control and to reiterate household quarantine. Such Decree includes the following a...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 622 - EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY STATE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC 


On April 12, 2020, Congress approved Legislative Decree No. 622, with the purpose of extending for four more days, from the publication of said decree, the term of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, and its subsequent reforms, and by which the Congress declared Sta...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 18 - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO RESTRICT THE CIRCULATION OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN BEACHES, SEASIDE RESORTS AND TOURIST CENTERS


On April 3rd, 2020, Executive Decree No. 18 in the Health Branch was issued, which establishes as a containment measure that no individual is allowed to stay on beaches, rivers, lakes, seaside resorts or tourist centers throughout the national territory, for recreational purposes...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 16 - MEASURES TO CONTROL IMPORTATION AND USE OF DETECTION TESTS FOR COVID-19


On April 03, 2020, Executive Decree No. 16 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #12 : EXTENSION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES


Panamanian authorities extend the duration of Operation Licenses issued by the General Dictatorate of Medical Devices of the Ministry of Health which have expired from January 1, 2020. A term extension until July 15, 2020 is granted to present Transfer of Movables and Provisio...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 14


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic announced new vehicle restrictions m...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW IN HONDURAS AND SPECIAL MEASURES (COVID-19)


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has informed the following measures: Extension of the curfew (nationwide), which will remain in  effect until Sunday April 19, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Notwithstandin...

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GUATEMALA: AGREEMENT NO. 1473 OF THE GUATEMALAN SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE. WORK CERTIFICATE REMOVAL


On April 6, 2020, the Guatemalan Social Security Institute issued Agreement No. 1473 which eliminates the physical and electronic "Work Certificate", as an instrument to prove rights to the Social Security regime and for this purpose authorizes the use of the "Soci...

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HONDURAS: TAX PRINTERS ENABLED DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY


For taxpayers who need to acquire tax documents during the permanent curfew, you'll find here a list of printers enabled during the state of emergency.   Arias Honduras team contact.honduras@ariaslaw.com   ...

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HONDURAS: ARSA ENABLES NEW ONLINE APPLICATIONS


The Sanitary Regulatory Agency (ARSA) has developed new applications to be requested and issued online. Considering the mobility limitations of users during Covid-19 pandemic, and, in order to support the economy, ARSA has enabled processes that will be electronically substantia...

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GUATEMALA - SUMMARY OF THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL 13/04/2020


Today, it was published in the Official Journal, the Presidential Provisions in the event of Public Calamity and Orders for Strict Compliance, dictated by the Presidency of the Republic, which repeal the provisions dictated on March 28 and April 3, 2020, and that will be applicab...

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HONDURAS: MEASURES APPLICABLE BY COURTS IN HONDURAS DUE TO COVID-19 (JUDICIAL DEADLINES) - Update 13


The government has decreed the suspension of labor for the public and private sectors via decrees (PCM-021-2020, PCM-022-2020 and PCM-026-2020), so the Supreme Court of Justice initially determined and through (CSJ agreement 1-2020), the suspension of work of the judicial offices...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 13


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic announced new vehicle restrictions m...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE NUMBER 611- TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS OF SPECIFIC CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On March 29 in plenary session with 57 favorable votes, the Salvadoran Congress approved a new Temporary Restriction of Specific Constitutional Rights in Order to address COVID-19 Pandemic, through Legislative Decree number 611, published on the same date, in the Official Gazette...

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CONTACTOS DE EMERGENCIA EN TIEMPOS DE COVID-19 PARA LA REGIÓN CENTROAMERICANA Y PANAMÁ


Available only in Spanish GUATEMALA Consultas sobre Covid 19: 1517 y 1540. Denuncias por alza y especulación de precios: 1544 Denuncias por situación laborales: 1511 Policía Nacional Civil: 110 Cruz Roja: 125 / 2381-6565 CONRED: 119  EL SALVA...

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HONDURAS: ARSA PROHIBITS ORAL MEDICATIONS CONTAINING RANITIDINE


The Sanitary Regulatory Agency (ARSA) banned the use of ranitidine in oral medications through the release C-005-ARSA-2020 due to a health alert issued by The FDA dated April 01, 2020, which determines that the impurity of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some ranitidine products...

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GUATEMALA: ECONOMIC RESCUE ACT FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19


The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, in use of its legislative ability approved in a single hearing the Economic Rescue Act for Families Affected by COVID-19, Decree 13-2020 (the “Decree”) declared urgent (pending de sanction, publication and validity), observin...

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EL SALVADOR: EXECUTIVE DECREE NO. 14 - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL, IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


On March 30, 2020, Executive Decree No. 14 in the Health Branch was issued, which abolishes Executive Decrees No. 12 and 13 and which aims to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control and to reiterate the household quarantine. Such Decree includes the...

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HONDURAS: MEASURES FOR PRIVATE ENTITIES TO HOLD MEETINGS BY ELECTRONIC MEANS


By Decree 33-2020 published on April 3, 2020 in the Official Newspaper La Gaceta, the following measures were approved for private entities to hold meetings by electronic means in order to mitigate the risk caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and thus avoid causing unnecessary exposu...

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GUATEMALA: ELECTRONIC PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION, CONTROL AND AUTHORIZATION OF TOTAL SUSPENSION OF LABOR AGREEMENTS (WITHOUT PAYMENT OF SALARIES)


On April 7, 2020, Ministerial Agreement 140-2020 of the Ministry of Labor and Social Provision (hereinafter the “Agreement”) was published in the Official Gazette, acknowledging that the state of Public Calamity due to the COVID-19 Pandemic constitutes a cas...

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HONDURAS: MEASURES TO RELIEVE THE PRODUCTIVE SECTOR AND WORKERS IN HONDURAS


To face the challenges derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Honduras established by Decree Law number 33-2020 the following relief measures for the productive sector in Honduras: Workers who are subject to a suspension of contracts due to force...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 12


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic announced new migratory measures to ...

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GUATEMALA: AMENDMENT AND EXTENSION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RULINGS FOR PUBLIC CALAMITY SITUATION AND MEASURES FOR ITS COMPLIANCE


These rulings were issued by the President of the Republic of Guatemala on April 3rd, 2020 and published in the Official Gazette on April 5th, 2020. These rulings amend the rulings issued on march 28th, 2020 and published on March 29th, 2020.   Extension of Restriction and...

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GUATEMALA: GUIDANCE FOR TAX EXEMPTIONS APPLIED TO DONATIONS SUBJECT TO IMPORTATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESOLUTION DG-IAD-DNO-ADU-GDE-54


The Customs Authority of the Guatemalan Tax Administration Office has issued the resolution DG-IAD-DNO-ADU-GDE-54. Such resolution is an administrative guidance for importers of record in connection with the merchandise subject to be imported into national customs territory relat...

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COSTA RICA: IS YOUR COMPANY PREPARED TO HOST VIRTUAL MEETINGS?


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the governments to implement measures such as borders closures, flights cancellations, closings of establishments, quarantine and recommendations of social distancing, to avoid the spread and seek the population well-being. The estrangement is cau...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #11 TAX INCENTIVES PER DONATIONS


The Government of Panama offers a tax incentive to individuals and companies for their donations to the monetary fund “Panama Solidario”, which will be 100% deductible as expenses for next year’s income statement. No fines, surcharges or interest shall be imp...

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HONDURAS: REFORMS TO THE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE LAW


The Law to Aid the Productive Sector and Workers in the Face of the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by Covid-19, published on April 3, 2020, has amended articles 7 and 27 of the Electronic Signature Law. To this end, state institutions may approve additional methods to the advance...

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HONDURAS: RELIEF TAX MEASURES HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED


By Decree 33-2020 published on April 3, 2020 in the Official Gazette, the following tax relief measures have been approved in order to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis caused by COVID-19: Extension for small and medium taxpayers (including individuals and independent...

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GUATEMALA: SUMMARY OF THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL


Today, it was published in the Official Journal the Resolution number 3-2020 of the Congress of the Republic, through which it decided to recommend to the Executive Body the following: (a) Convene and install a working table with the multilateral banks to analyze and resolv...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #10 MORE MONEY FOR PROCUREMENT


The Government of Panama, by Cabinet Resolution No.18 of April 2, 2020, expanded the National Declaration of Emergency increasing extraordinary procurement from US$50 million to nearly US$428 million, to reinforce the fight against COVID-19 and allow social assistance as per th...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 11


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of the Republic announced new measures to contain th...

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GUATEMALA:  TAX IMPLICATIONS OF THE EMERGENCY LAW TO PROTECT GUATEMALANS FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC DECREE 12-2020 OF THE CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA


The Emergency Law to Protect Guatemalans from the Effects Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Decree 12-2020 issued by the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala was published in the official gazette on April 1st, 2020 and will come into force from April 2nd. The mentioned Decre...

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GUATEMALA: SUMMARY OF THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL


Decree 9-2020 of the Congress of the Republic, through which the Government Decrees 6-2020 and 7-2020 are ratified, in which the state of public calamity is declared for 30 days and extended for 30 additional days. Likewise, it reforms numeral 1, literal c) of article 1 of the ...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 10


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of Costa Rica announced measures to mitigate the effects o...

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HONDURAS: THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT PROMOTES THE USE OF DIGITAL GOVERNMENT (COVID-19)


The Government of the Republic of Honduras, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in compliance with the General Law on the Environment and its Regulations, established the following measures: Due to the declaration of the National Health Emergency caused ...

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MEASURES APPLICABLE BY COURTS IN HONDURAS DUE TO COVID-19 (JUDICIAL DEADLINES)


The government has decreed the suspension of labor for the public and private sectors via decree (PCM-021-2020), so the Supreme Court of Justice has determined (CSJ 1-2020 agreement):  Suspend work in all judicial venues in the country from Monday, March 16 to Sunday...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 - UPDATE #9


The Panamanian Government has tightened mandatory quarantine throughout the national territory to reduce mobility by 50%; thus, from Wednesday, April 1, women and men will move on different days, prohibiting absolute mobilization on Sunday. We summarize the official mandat...

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HONDURAS: EXTENSION OF CURFEW IN HONDURAS (COVID-19)


The National Risk Management System (SINAGER) in relation to the National Sanitary Emergency decreed in Honduras has communicated the following measures: Extension of the Curfew (nationwide), which remains in effect from Monday, March 30 to Sunday, April 12, 2020. Regarding t...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF PUBLIC HEALTH NO. 06 – PROVISIONS TO ORDER EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE CONTAGION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, AND TO GUARANTEE THE PAYMENT OF THEIR SALARIES


On March 16, 2020, the Executive Decree in the Health Branch No.06 was issued, which aims to ensure that all public and private sector employees who are over sixty years of age, women in gestation, and people with certain diseases (Chronic Kidney Failure or Transplanted kidneys; ...

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EL SALVADOR: LEGISLATIVE DECREE N° 606 - REFORMS TO THE LEGISLATIVE DECREE N° 593 THAT DECLARED THE STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY OF THE PANDEMIC COVID-19


On March 23, 2020, Legislative Decree No. 606 was issued, through which Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, was amended, which declared the state of National Emergency of the Pandemic COVID-19. Through said reform, Legislative Decree No. 593, article 11-A is includ...

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GUATEMALA - NEW PRESIDENTIAL DISPOSITIONS FOR THE STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY AND ORDERS FOR ITS STRICT COMPLIANCE


On March 29th, 2020, the President of the Republic of Guatemala derogated the presidential provisions which had been issued in the context of Government Decrees numbers 5-2020 and 6-2020, that regulates the state of public calamity, extended through Government Decree number 7-202...

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EL SALVADOR - LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 608 - APPROVAL TO OBTAIN RESOURCES UP TO THE SUM OF US $ 2,000,000,000.00. DUE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.


On March 26, 2020, the Salvadoran Congress, at the initiative of the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Treasury, approved the Legislative Decree No. 608, which purpose is intended to authorize the obtention of resources up to the sum of TWO BILLION DOLLARS OF THE ...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE HEALTH BRANCH NO. 11 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OF SHOPPING CENTERS OR PUBLIC SQUARES REGARDLESS OF THEIR NAME, RELATED TO THE ATTENTION OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 19, 2020, Executive Decree No. 11 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR - MEASURES TAKEN BY THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGISTRY IN EL SALVADOR.


As the world faces a public health crisis due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in El Salvador it has been decreed a national State of Emergency. By Executive Decree number 12 of the Health Branch issued and published on March 21, 2020, the President ordered thirty days of home quar...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 09 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF FOOD ACTIVITY IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER SIMILARS RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 17, 2020, Executive Decree No. 12 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR - DECREE NO. 8 SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SECTOR RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY BY COVID-19.


On March 16, 2020, Executive Decree No. 08 in the Health Branch was approved, which includes the Specific Guidelines for the Public Passenger Transport Sector related to the attention of the pandemic by COVID-19. These guidelines are intended to protect the health of the populat...

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HONDURAS - OBTAINING EXPEDITED APPROVALS FOR SANITARY REGISTRATIONS OF FOOD PRODUCTS BEFORE ARSA


Faced with the crisis that many companies will experience in obtaining health records, renewals and modification approvals of food products, users may request an expedited resolution that will allow them to obtain approval in as little as five business days counted from the date ...

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EL SALVADOR - UPDATE OF LABOR MEASURES: MINISTRY OF LABOR AND SOCIAL SECURITY STATEMENT


The Secretary of State in the Labor and Social Security Offices, in order to guarantee the maintenance of jobs and the productive sustainability of companies despite the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has communicated on March 26, 2020, the following: Authorizes empl...

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EL SALVADOR - ONLINE SERVICES OF THE PUBLIC REGISTRY


Due to the compulsory domiciliary quarantine decreed by the Government of El Salvador, the Public Registry (“Centro Nacional de Registros (CNR)”) will remain closed to the public in general during the term of the quarantine period, and it will only be receiving proced...

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GUATEMALA - STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY DATED MARCH 25, 2020


Through the statement issued by the Ministry of Economy dated as of March 25, 2020, the following has been informed: The activities included under the exception of the prohibitions, such as the energy, pharmaceutical, food, health and personal hygiene industries, may circulate...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 07 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 16, 2020, Executive Decree No. 07 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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HONDURAS - UPDATE OF MIGRATORY MEASURES: OPENING OF AIRPORTS FOR THE RETURN OF HONDURANS TO THE COUNTRY


The National Risk System (SINAGER) communicated the following measures for the entry of Hondurans to the country: As of Sunday, March 29, 2020, all kinds of flights are enabled temporarily for the entry of Hondurans who wish to return to the country through the Toncontí...

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EL SALVADOR - CONTAINMENT MEASURE IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY ATTENDING THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19 AND ACTIVITIES EXCEPTED FROM THE NATIONAL QUARANTINE


Executive Decree No. 10 in the Health Branch, called "CONTAINMENT MEASURE IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY ATTENDING OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19", was published in the Official Gazette on March 18 of this year, at number 56 of volume 426, and is...

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COSTA RICA - NEWSLETTER ON HEALTH MINISTRY 'S CONDOMINIUM GUIDELINES


On March 20th, 2020, the Ministry of Health issued the General Guidelines for Commercial Condominiums, condominiums with commercial and residential spaces, and Residential Condominiums due to the health alert for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The application of these measures is mandat...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 9


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of Costa Rica announced measures to mitigate the effects o...

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COVID-19: MEASURES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MATTERS IN HONDURAS


Please be informed that the Intellectual Property Office in Honduras has been closed since March 16, 2020 as a measure to prevent the spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19), without the opportunity of on-line filing. In this sense, all terms are suspended up to the next immediate bu...

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EL SALVADOR - EXECUTIVE DECREE IN THE BRANCH OF HEALTH NO. 09 - CONTAINMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF FOOD ACTIVITY IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER SIMILARS RELATED TO THE CARE OF THE SANITARY EMERGENCY COVID-19


On March 17, 2020, Executive Decree No. 12 in the Health Branch was issued, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic ...

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EL SALVADOR - EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES OF PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL TERRITORY AS AN AREA SUBJECT TO SANITARY CONTROL IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.


On March 21, 2020, the Executive Decree in the Health Branch No. 12 was issued, through which extraordinary prevention and containment measures are established to declare the national territory as an area subject to sanitary control, in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, whi...

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TAX UPDATE IN HONDURAS: COVID-19


The Tax Authority is providing telephone assistance to inquiries regarding omissions, contract of numbers of adherence, changes of fiscal password and acceptance of the contract of adherence; The period for presentation of the Monthly Statement of Purchases (DMC, in Spanish) h...

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GUATEMALA: TAX ADMINISTRATION OFFICE’S ACTIVITIES SUSPENSION DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESOLUTION SAT-DSI-280-2020


The resolution SAT-DSI-280-2020 issued by the Superintendent of the Tax Administration Office -SAT- was published in the official gazette on March 24, 2020. In said resolution, SAT defers the terms prescribed by Guatemalan tax law related to the compliance of tax obligations such...

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PANAMA ADOPTS TAX MEASURES DUE TO COVID-19


In relation to the state of emergency declared by the Government of Panama, Law No. 134 of 2020 (“Law 134”) was enacted, bringing forward the entry into force of two articles of the Tax Procedure Code, allowing the Executive Branch to suspend totally or partially the ...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID19 - UPDATE #8


At Arias Panama we have created an interdisciplinary task force that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. By means of Letter No. 001 / DNDM / 2020 of March 23, the Directorate of Medical Devices of the Ministry of...

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PANAMA DECLARES TOTAL QUARANTINE COVID19 - UPDATE #7


Tonight, the Government of the Republic of Panama has ordered mandatory quarantine throughout the Panamanian territory. In other words, movement restriction is applicable to the entire population, who may circulate exclusively to purchase food and / or medicines for a maximum per...

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MEASURES TO USERS OF BANKING SERVICES IN GUATEMALA DUE TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY


Following up to the resolutions by the Monetary Board on March 19, 2020, by means of the Resolution JM-32-2020 on the temporary flexibility of various provisions of the Regulation for the Administration of Credit Risk so that debtors can meet their credit obligations, on March 20...

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GUATEMALA: SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEASURES FOR INSTITUTIONS SUBJECT TO SUPERVISION OF THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF BANKS


On March 23rd, 2020 the Resolution JM-32-2020 of the Monetary Board was published in the Official Gazette. This resolution contains certain special temporary measures in view of the circumstances derived from the COVID-19. By means of these measures, the Monetary Board is instru...

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EL SALVADOR: DECREE NO. 601 - TRANSITORY LAW TO DIFFER THE PAYMENT OF BILLS FOR WATER, ELECTRIC ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES


As part of the measures considered in Legislative Decree No. 593, State of National Emergency of the Pandemic by COVID -19, the Congress enacted the Transitional Law to defer the Payment of Bills for Water, Electric Power and Telecommunications Services in order to mitigate the e...

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EL SALVADOR: EXEMPTION FROM THE PAYMENT OF THE SPECIAL TAX FOR THE PROMOTION OF TOURISM AND EXTENSION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE INCOME TAX AND THE ADVANCE OF ACCOUNT OF SUCH TAX APPROVED BY THE SALVADORAN CONGRESS


Through Legislative Decree No. 598 dated March 20, 2020, the Salvadoran Congress issued the ¨Special and Transitory Law applicable to Small Taxpayers, Tourism, Electric Power, Television, Internet and Telephone Services and for the Special Tax for the Promotion of Tourism¨...

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PANAMA LEGAL TASK FORCE COVID19 -UPDATE #6


At Arias Panama we have created an interdisciplinary task force that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The Government of Panama by Decree N° 505 has extended the national curfew so, as of today, March 24, t...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 8


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. The Government of Costa Rica announced measures to mitigate the effects o...

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UPDATE OF MIGRATORY MEASURES ADOPTED IN HONDURAS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


The National Institute of Migration following the provisions of the Government of Honduras establishes the following measures: The Land Migration Control Points are kept operating for: The entry into the country of Hondurans, residents, and diplomats, who must compu...

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DECREE NO. 605 – LAW OF FACILITATION OF ONLINE PURCHASING APPROVED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF EL SALVADOR


On March 20, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador, as per the initiative of the President of the Republic, through the Lady Minister of Economy, approved the Legislative Decree Number 605, which contains the LAW OF FACILITATION OF ONLINE PURCHASING. Such decree establishes that the...

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DECREE NO. 602 - REFORMS TO THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW APPROVED BY THE SALVADORAN CONGRESS


On March 20, 2020, the Congress of El Salvador, approved the Legislative Decree No. 602, which contains certain reforms to the Consumer Protection Law. The foregoing, as a consequence of Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Congress declared a State of ...

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HONDURAS - OBTAINING EXPEDITED APPROVALS FOR SANITARY REGISTRATIONS OF FOOD PRODUCTS BEFORE ARSA


Faced with the crisis that many companies will experience in obtaining health records, renewals and modification approvals of food products, users may request an expedited resolution that will allow them to obtain approval in as little as five business days counted from the date ...

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UPDATE ON CURFEW IN GUATEMALA


On March 21st, 2020, the President of the Republic of Guatemala, in Cabinet of Ministers, issued the Governmental Decree number 6-2020, published today March 22nd, 2020 (“Governmental Decree 6-2020”).   The Governmental Decree 6-2020 amends article 5 of the Gov...

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EL SALVADOR - MODIFICATION TO THE CENTRAL AMERICAN IMPORT TARIFF


On March 20, 2020 the Legislative Assembly issued decree 604 for the Modification of the Central American Import Tariff, within the framework of the state of emergency declared in El Salvador due to the pandemic by COVID-19. Through this decree, urgent and temporary measures are ...

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EL SALVADOR - REFORM TO THE LEGISLATIVE DECREE NUMBER 593 OF DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY STATE DUE TO THE PANDEMIC FOR COVID-19


On March 20, 2020, the Salvadoran Assembly issued the Favorable Resolution of the project of reform to the Legislative Decree 593 submitted by the President of the Republic. This reform is in respect to article 9 of the legislative decree 593 whereby the National Emergency State ...

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DECREE NO. 603 - TRANSITORY MEASURES ON TARIFF AND FISCAL PROVISIONS APPROVED BY THE SALVADORAN CONGRESS


In the framework of the Legislative Decree No. 593, dated March 14, 2020, by which the Salvadoran Congress declared a State of National Emergency, a State of Public Calamity and Natural Disasters following the pandemic by COVID-29, last March 20, the Congress approved the Legisla...

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CONTRACTUAL IMPLICATIONS ON LIABILITIES, DEADLINES AND COMPLIANCE IN HONDURAS DUE TO THE CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID-19


The government has decreed the suspension of labor for the public and private sectors via decree (PCM-021-2020).   Due to this situation, and in direct connection with the suspension of constitutional guarantees and the quarantine decree in the main cities of the coun...

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UPDATE OF MEASURES IN HONDURAS DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK


The Secretary of State in the Security Offices through the National Police within the framework of SINAGER, by means of a Press Release on Friday March 20, 2020, declared a Curfew (Quarantine) nationwide until Sunday, March 29, 2020 until 3:00 pm pursuant to Decree PCM-021-2020. ...

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EL SALVADOR - APPROVAL OF THE TELEWORK REGULATION LAW


On March 20, 2020, the Congress approved the Legislative Decree Number 600, which contains the TELEWORK REGULATION LAW that will be applicable to the public sector and private companies. Telework is understood as the mean to carry out non-presential labor relationships, whether ...

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GOVERNMENT OF PANAMA EXTENDS TERM OF TAX AMNESTY


Law 99 of 2019 (“Law 99”), which granted a general amnesty for the payment of taxes administered by the Directorate General of Revenue of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (“DGI), was modified by means of Law 134 of March 20, 2020 (“Law 134”), exte...

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CURFEW IN GUATEMALA


The President of the Republic of Guatemala has announced as an additional measure, curfew for the entire national territory. According to his declarations, the curfew will be in force from this Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 and it will last for 8 days, from 16:00 hours to 4:00 hours ...

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GOVERNMENT ACTIONS TO MITIGATE THE COVID-19 IMPACT - UPDATE 7


The Government of Costa Rica announced new labor and social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace. Please find below the details of the actions taken so far: Temporary relief from social security contributions: The Costa Rican Social Security Ad...

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PANAMA ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO SUSPEND EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS COVID-19 - UPDATE #5


By Decree No. 81 of 20 March, the Government of Panama issued extraordinary measures to allow for labour contracts to be suspended due to force majeure as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.  The suspension may be applied by already shut-down businesses, after obtaining...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE LEGAL COSTA RICA – UPDATE 6


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  The Government of Costa Rica announced measures to mitigate the eff...

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MEASURES APPLICABLE BY COURTS IN HONDURAS DUE TO COVID-19 (JUDICIAL DEADLINES)


The government has decreed the suspension of labor for the public and private sectors via decree (PCM-021-2020), so the Supreme Court of Justice has determined (CSJ 1-2020 agreement): Suspend work in all judicial venues in the country from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, Marc...

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CUSTOMS AND TAX UPDATE IN HONDURAS (COVID-19)


TAX OBLIGATIONS (SAR) Attention by telephone of inquiries of omissions, contract of adherence numbers, changes of tax password and acceptance of the contract of adherence; Extended until March 23 for presentation of DMC; Expansion of tax documents that expired between March ...

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PANAMA CLOSES ALL BUSINESSES COVID-19 - UPDATE 4


A few hours ago, Panamanian national authorities by decree No 500 ordered shutting down all private companies and shops saved those industries and services of health or national priority. This will be in forced at 11:59 pm today. It is added to the curfew that prohibits circula...

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COVID-19: IMPLICATIONS IN CUSTOMS MATTERS IN HONDURAS


The different customs points of the country (customs areas, maritime, internal, and terrestrial or border, are operating in a normal way in the activities of Foreign Trade of export and import of merchandise. Currently, there is no restriction for the entry or exit of merchand...

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ALCOHOL GEL MANUFACTURING IN EL SALVADOR


Considering the lack of hygiene and cleaning products, the National Medicines Bureau (“DNM” for its initials in Spanish), held a meeting on March 19, 2020, whereby it established the necessary measures for all unauthorized establishments wishing to manufacture alcohol...

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POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON THE GUATEMALAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM


On March 18, 2020, the President of the Republic of Guatemala presented the National Program for Emergency and Economic Recovery to Congress. In it presentation, the President of the Republic has proposed certain actions that aim to reduce the negative impact that could be genera...

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COVID19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 5


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.  Breach of contract obligations in times of COVID-19 COVID-19 is im...

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IMPLICATIONS IN LABOR MATTERS IN HONDURAS DUE TO COVID-19 CRISIS


The government has decreed the suspension of labor for the public and private sectors via decree (PCM-021-2020), without this implying suspension of employer obligations. Our labor legislation establishes the possibility of the total or partial suspension of emp...

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AUTHORIZATION FOR OPERATION OR SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITIES IN HONDURAS BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


The Secretary of State of the Office of Economic Development, based on the production system, can authorize the operation of a company or agree on the mechanism to suspend its operations, as in the case of the Maquila and the manufacturing sector. Application / Operation Requir...

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HONDURAS: RESTRICTION OF CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES IN HONDURAS (COVID-19)


The constitutional guarantee of free movement of persons (established in articles 69, 71, 72, 78, 81, 84, 93, 99, and 103 of the Constitution of the Republic) have been restricted, for a period of seven (7) days from the approval and publication of Executive Decree PCM-021-2020 (...

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EL SALVADOR: CLOSURE OF CALL CENTERS AND APPAREL FACILITIES (MAQUILAS)


The President of the Republic of El Salvador, through a press conference held on March 18, 2020, decreed the closure of call centers and apparel facilities (maquilas) for 15 days, term which can be extended. This measure is in addition to those previously taken in labor and heal...

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PANAMA INCREASES MEASURES TO PREVENT COVID-19 CONTAGION UPDATE 3


Panamanian national authorities yesterday decreed mandatory measures for all companies with the aim of mitigating and controlling the spread of COVID-19: A curfew is decreed throughout the country from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. Workers aged 60 years and over, those who suffer from ...

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SUPERINTENDENCE OF BANKS OF PANAMA CREATES MODIFIED CREDITS DUE TO COVID-19


Through Banking Agreement 002-2020 of March 16, 2020 (the “Agreement”), Panamanian Superintendence of Banks (“SBP”) establishes additional, exceptional and temporary measures for compliance with the provisions contained in Agreement 4-2013 (“Agreemen...

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ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF COSTA RICA TO MITIGATE THE COVID-19 IMPACT - UPDATE 4


On March 17, 2020, the Congress of Costa Rica approved in a first debate an amendment to the Bill of Law “Tax Relief against Covid-19”. The following provisions are being approved in the bill: VAT moratorium: Taxpayers must file the VAT returns corresponding to Mar...

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ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF COSTA RICA TO MITIGATE THE COVID-19 IMPACT - UPDATE 3


The Government of Costa Rica announced new labor and social security measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace. Please find below the detail of the actions taken so far: Health recommendations for employees in non-teleworking positions: The Ministry of...

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ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF COSTA RICA TO MITIGATE THE COVID-19 IMPACT - UPDATE 2


The Government of Costa Rica has announced new public policy measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the following areas:   1. Monetary Policy: The Central Bank, the National Council on Economic Supervision (CONASSIF) and the Banking Supervision Authority (SUGEF) e...

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ALERT COVID-19: ADDITIONAL MEASURES IN GUATEMALA DUE TO STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY


On March 16, 2020, the President of the Republic of Guatemala ordered the following provisions that come into effect from March 17 at 00:00 hours until March 31 at 24 hours. Prohibitions: Work and activities are suspended in the Private and Public sector. Exceptions: ...

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ACTIONS OF GOVERNMENT OF COSTA RICA TO MITIGATE THE COVID-19 IMPACT


The Government of Costa Rica has announced public policy measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the following areas: labor, taxes, education and economy. Please find below a list of the measures taken so far: Employment protection:  The Government has reque...

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EMERGENCY MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF HONDURAS FOR COVID-19


PROHIBITIONS Work in Public and Private sector is suspended. Events of all kinds and number of people are prohibited. All sports, cultural and social activities are canceled. The operation of public transport is prohibited. In-person religious celebrations are suspended. ...

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ALERT COVID-19: UPDATE OF MEASURES IMPLEMENTED IN GUATEMALA


The government authorities of Guatemala have implemented the following health measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19): Migratory:  Entry restriction: to all nationalities. From 0:00 on March 17, 2020, the country's borders are closed for 15 days. Thi...

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SALVADORAN CONGRESS APPROVED THE EMERGENCY DECREE DUE TO COVID-19


The Salvadoran Congress approved the Legislative Decree number 593 on March 14, 2020, which is called NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGY OF THE PANDEMIC DUE TO COVID-19. This decree was submitted by the President of the Republic through the Minister of Governance and Territorial Developmen...

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THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF HONDURAS HAS ANNOUNCED MEASURES FOR THE PREVENTION OF THE SPREAD OF COVID-19


The Government of the Republic of Honduras has issued new measures to help in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 as of this date, March 15, 2020. Among the measures that were adopted with a duration of 7 days from 11:59 PM of this night of March 15: Suspension of all kin...

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THE GOVERNMENT OF PANAMA DECREES STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS


As a result of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and in line with global measures, the government of Panama decreed a State of National Emergency to adopt actions that facilitate resource against the spread of the virus in Panamanian territory, impacting the following: &nbs...

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EL SALVADOR: LABOUR IMPLICATIONS REGARDING THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF COVID-19


Regarding the possible impact of an epidemic such as COVID-19, the health of employees must be the primary objective of every employer, as well as the normal continuity of their business when the circumstances allow it.      This compels employers to act with pre...

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HOW CAN COSTA RICAN COMPANIES FACE THE LABOR CHALLENGES OF A POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS INFECTION?


In order to strengthen the containment of the spread of COVID-19 virus, the Executive has issued several guidelines for the public sector by which it declares, among other things, the preventive measures that must be applied at the workplace to avoid a further spread of the Coron...

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MIGRATORY POINT OF VIEW FOR QUARANTINE IN EL SALVADOR


Yesterday, following Executive Decree No. 13, a period of 21 days of quarantine was ordered due to COVID-19. From the migratory point of view, and with the aim of preventing any threat of massive contagion and violation of the health of the inhabitants, the following measures we...

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NICARAGUA: GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AGAINST CORONAVIRUS


Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and despite the fact that each of the countries in the Central American region has special regulations on occupational health and safety, it has been seen that there are still various challenges and issues in both the public and pr...

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MIGRATORY MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE REPUBLIC OF HONDURAS


As a health measure to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government of the Republic of Honduras, through the National Institute of Migration based on the public interest in the face of international contingency, establishes the following: Any national or foreig...

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MIGRATORY ALERT: NATIONALITIES WITH RESTRICTIONS TO ENTER GUATEMALA


As a health measure to prevent Coronavirus (COVID19), the country´s health and immigrations authorities have announced the measure to restrict the entry to Guatemalan territory for nationals or citizens from:  Travelers from Panama will be screened at La Aurora Inte...

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NAYIB BUKELE DECLARES IN QUARANTINE TO SALVADORAN TERRITORY


On march 11th, the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele in a press conference, quarantined the Salvadoran territory for 30 days to prevent possible infections of Coronavirus COVID-19. El Salvador, at the moment, does not present any confirmed cases of the disease, however, thi...

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EL SALVADOR - ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CONTRACT AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION


The outbreak of disease by the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), first reported in the city of Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, has negatively impacted the world´s economy. Fundamentally, the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has interrupted the production, supply, distri...

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GUATEMALA: STATE OF CALAMITY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


GUATEMALA DECREES STATE OF PUBLIC CALAMITY AS A PREVENTION PLAN FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)   Government Decree 5-2020 of the Presidency of the Republic, which declares State of Public Calamity throughout the Guatemalan territory, was published this Friday, March 6, in ...

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PANAMA APPROVES REMOTE WORKING LAW


By Law No. 126 of February 18, 2020, the Republic of Panama approves the remote working Law. The teleworking contract implies the development of the usual tasks to be carried outside the company's facilities and must contain the minimum requirements established in the Labor ...

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COSTA RICA IS NOW PART OF THE OECD COMPETITION COMMITTEE


On February 12th, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) approved Costa Rica into the OECD Competition Committee, as a result of the country's competition policies assessment, and due to the accomplishment of the recommendations regarding the standa...

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 33


Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. Due to the restrictions established last Friday, July 10th by the Govern...

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