Filter for El Salvador Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-06 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
commercial flights will resume on August 6, 2020
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2020-07-21 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
phase two of easing restrictions will be postponed for two weeks until July 21. The second phase will reportedly allow public transportation, business services, manufacturers, and a number of industries and restaurants to resume operations
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2020-06-16 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
The 24/7 nationwide curfew was lifted
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Certain business operations resumed, though businesses are still urged to allow employees to work from home if possible, and those which have resumed will be at a limited capacity. These industries included construction, textile, and electronic manufacturing business, cargo transport, medical and veterinary services for emergencies and appointments, restaurants and retail stores for delivery and take away services, government offices, and repair and maintenance services
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Private transport is allowed to resume for employees returning to work
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Taxis and ride-sharing Uber services have also resumed operations
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2020-06-16 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Individuals are required to wear face masks when leaving their accommodation
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2020-06-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools, universities, and parks remain closed.
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2020-06-16 Out Lockdown: Full lockdown
El Salvador’s president said nation’s economy could start to re-open on June 16
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2020-06-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
business sectors resuming operations are cargo transport, food delivery and takeout, construction, textile manufacturing and sea ports.
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2020-06-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools and universities remain closed.
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2020-06-16 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
The airport is open for cargo and humanitarian flights, but not commercial traffic. airport not restoring operations until Aug. 6
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2020-06-15 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Assembly extended the emergency until June 15
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2020-06-10 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Assembly removed the suspension of administrative processes on June 10
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2020-06-10 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
President Nayib Bukele is again locked in battle with El Salvador’s Supreme Court after its constitutional chamber ruled his government’s obligatory stay-at-home decree unconstitutional
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2020-06-03 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Health Ministry’s decree June 3 that extended the obligatory home quarantine to June 15. Residents are only allowed to leave to buy food at times determined by their national ID number.
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2020-05-30 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Assembly stated that the Access to Information Law was fully applicable
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2020-05-30 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Assembly issued a new emergency law, regulating the transition from a strict nationwide lockdown to a gradual reopening of the economy.
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2020-05-26 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The Assembly and the Government of El Salvador do not reach an agreement on the declaration of epidemic zones
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2020-05-25 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
12 thousand families to receive food and hygiene kits supplied by Government
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2020-05-20 Out Lockdown: Full lockdown
Defying Bukele, El Salvador congress backs law to reopen economy
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2020-05-19 Out Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
El Salvador Supreme Court orders state of emergency suspended
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2020-05-19 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
El Salvador’s government on Tuesday extended a strict lockdown until June 6
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2020-05-17 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Salvadoran president declares emergency without approval from Congress.The emergency declaration, which will remain in force over the next 30 days, extends the suspension of classes, restrictions on movement in areas affected by the pandemic and bans on gatherings of large groups. It also authorizes additional government spending during the emergency.
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2020-05-17 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
The SoE extends the suspension of classes
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2020-05-17 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
The SoE extends the restrictions on movement in areas affected by the pandemic
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2020-05-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The SoE extends the bans on gatherings of large groups.
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2020-05-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The SoE also authorizes additional government spending during the emergency.
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2020-05-10 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Decree 24 reiterates that employees who work for companies that are authorized to operate, must carry their card of the company or institution for which they work, a letter signed, sealed and with the DUI number and telephone number of the employer authorizing their mobilization from the municipality where he lives to the municipality where he works.
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2020-05-10 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Govt published decree 24 with the measures in force during the remaining days of the special quarantine, which runs until May 21.
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2020-05-10 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Decree 24: only pharmacies, banks and supermarkets may be serving inside shoipping centres. The rest of the establishment must be cordoned off to prevent passage. Open premises must connect directly to an exit, or to the street or to the parking lot.
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2020-05-10 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Decree 24: Authorization for fishing, as well as other agricultural activities such as fish farming, pig farming and poultry. This in addition to livestock and beekeeping that were already contemplated in decree 22 repealed.
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2020-05-10 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Decree 24 specifies that the activity of producing alcoholic beverages, carbonated beverages and sweets (snacks) is prohibited
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2020-05-10 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The executive decree again points out the limitations to operate businesses and companies that had been operating, for example, florists, cosmetics sales, restaurants should no longer be providing take-away service
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2020-05-10 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Not wearing a facemask will be sufficient reason to be sent to a detention center.
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2020-05-10 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
On May 6, Nayib Bukele relied on the Quarantine and Isolation law, approved by the Legislative Assembly, to issue executive decree 22 that contained "additional causes" to those provided for in article 8 of the aforementioned regulations to apply more restrictions. to citizens and businesses.
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2020-05-10 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Decree 24: Police, military and health personnel will be able to buy without the DUI.
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2020-05-10 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Decree 24: The circulation of officials and personnel of the National Registry Center (CNR) is allowed.
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2020-05-10 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Decree 24: Government will make a Call Center available to attend emergency medical calls, as well as for the need to purchase medications on an exceptional basis, outside of the days authorized by the last digit of the DUI number.
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2020-05-10 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Decree 24: The circulation of public transport is authorized exclusively to transport duly identified health personnel. The Government has established that licensed companies must facilitate transportation for their employees.
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2020-05-07 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
President Nayib Bukele said residents will only be permitted to shop for groceries twice a week. Only one individual per household will be permitted to leave the home, hotel or residence to purchase basic necessities or to access banking services.
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2020-05-07 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
citizens will not be allowed to travel between jurisdictions unless they have a written document justifying their movement.
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2020-05-07 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
El Salvador will also suspend public transportation for 15 days to help efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
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2020-05-07 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Curfew dates further restricted
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2020-05-07 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
El Salvador: New Summary of Measures and Executive Decree Number 22 and 23
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2020-05-04 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government achieves endorsement for approval of $ 1 billion more for the emergency
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
"Regulation Law for Isolation, Quarantine, Observation and Surveillance, by COVID19" approved with 56 votes, which conflicts with the resolutions of the Constitutional Chamber that has reiterated that a person can be brought to these care centers only if it is verified "objectively" that it is infected. If not, it must be sent to your home or the authorities would be committing a deprivation of liberty, the court adds.
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2020-04-26 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Bukele ordered a state of emergency indefinitely in the prisons. He instructed the police and military to use "lethal force" to defend themselves and the citizens.
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2020-04-25 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
Mobile diagnostic booths used for COVID-19 tests on citizens
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2020-04-19 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Court of Accounts will audit delivery of agricultural packages. The comptroller entity has designated personnel to audit the aid that is delivered in the emergency.
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2020-04-19 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt restricts circulation in downtown San Salvador for 48 hours.The movement restriction begins in the center of San Salvador, which will extend for 48 hours, which can be extended and which limits the passage and permanence of people to a minimum.
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2020-04-18 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Port of La Libertad cordoned off by the Armed Forces. "Understand that we are no longer in Phase 1 (importation of cases), we are in Phase 2 (community transmission)," added the president, who reiterated that practices like these will only lead to an increase in infections.
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2020-04-18 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
This measure includes the closure of all local businesses.
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2020-04-18 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
prevents people from leaving and entering the municipality until further notice.
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2020-04-18 In Movement restrictions: Border checks 
Additional paperwork req to enter Puerto de la Libertad for residents
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
U.S. donates $2.8 million to IOM to support El Salvador’s response to COVID-19
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Municipalities will be able to use Fodes to face the coronavirus emergency. The plenary session of the Assembly approved, temporarily, that 25% of the Fodes for March, April and May can be used for the payment of payrolls, and payments for public and private institutions.
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
extension of the State of Emergency until May 1. The legislators ended up granting an extension of 15 more days to the emergency decree 593
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2020-04-14 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Government of El Salvador created a platform for sharing COVID-19 information: covid19.gob.sv
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
IMF Executive Board Approves a US$389 Million Disbursement to El Salvador to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
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2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Bukele said those who drive cars without justification will be sent to containment centers for 30 days while their driver’s license and vehicle will be seized
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2020-04-12 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Bukele said over the weekend that all people must wear a mask as of Monday.
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2020-04-12 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Extension for 4 days Decree 593 that declares a State of Emergency and that allows the Executive to maintain a mandatory home quarantine to contain the advance of COVID-19. The state of emergency will remain in effect until April 16, while lawmakers agree to reinforce a new one-month extension that the government presented late on Saturday, said Rodolfo Parker of the PDC, who explained that this period will allow them to reinforce the decree and add various provisions.
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2020-04-06 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
On April 6 , the Government of El Salvador extended the nationwide home quarantine for an additional 15 days
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2020-04-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
President Nayib Bukele ordered yesterday to close call centers and maquilas, two of the most important economic sectors in the country that together generate more than 100,000 jobs.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
public employees who carry out activities directly related to fighting the disease will receive a compensation bonus of $ 150. Among them is in the Ministry of Health and other institutions.
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2020-04-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
automotive workshops may only provide service "on demand and Exclusively "to insurance companies, vehicles of the National Civil Police, the Salvadoran Institute of Social Security, the Ministry of Health, the National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers, as well as the Ministry of Public Works and telecommunications and Electricity.
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2020-04-02 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
hardware stores will be with 30% of their capacity and ’attending to the demands only and exclusively’ of the institutions and companies already mentioned.
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2020-04-02 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
During wakes and burials there can be no more than 20 people, who must keep the distance and preventive measures to avoid contagions
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Attorney asks to guarantee the right to health of quarantined people in govt shelters. The official has issued instructions for people in containment sites to undergo the coronavirus test and have the right to know the result. He assured that only 10 tests are carried out every three days in quarantine shelters.
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2020-04-02 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Attorney General affirms that freedom of expression is not subordinated to government decrees. The attorney for Human Rights, José Apolonio Tobar, assured that he will be vigilant that the liberties of the population are respected and that appropriate care is given in hospitals and containment centers.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Assembly authorized flexible rules for the executive’s purchasing procedures during the emergency. It explicitly permitted "direct purchases" of medical supplies and services necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19, provided the executive presented monthly reports to the Assembly detailing how the government was using public funds.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
In the first 24 hours of the restrictions, the police arrested more than 250 who violated the quarantine. "These 269 people were going to spend the 30 days in quarantine, in their homes and with their families. Now, they will begin day 1 (of 30) in containment centers, surrounded by strangers," the Salvadoran President wrote on Twitter. The Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office requires the police to establish a protocol for identifying and treating displaced persons to avoid detention.
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2020-03-22 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Under the March 22 lockdown, only 1 person per household is allowed out to shop for basic necessities
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2020-03-22 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
From March 22, the Government of El Salvador issued a mandatory 30-day home quarantine period for individuals in #ElSalvador. Some exceptions to the quarantine include medical & police services, journalists, food delivery, grocery shopping (1 person per family), and banking.
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2020-03-20 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Access to Public Information Agency in El Salvador (IAIP), charged with carrying out the Access to Public Information Law, has suspended all hearings and processes to comply with the state of emergency in place to address Covid-19 since March 20, 2020.
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
the U.S. government will continue deporting people who attempted to cross illegally, with migrants subject to a medical exam 12 hours before the flight to screen for coronavirus. A U.S. embassy spokeswoman said in a statement that the embassy is working with partners in the region to conduct another medical exam for deported migrants upon their return to El Salvador before they are taken to a "quarantine shelter."
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2020-03-18 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The President of El Salvador implemented a 48-hour cordón sanitario for the entire municipality of Metapan following the first confirmed case of Covid-19. Movement in and out of Metapan is restricted.
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2020-03-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
To limit the economic impact for people and businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak, for a three-month period, affected parties will be exempt from payments for electricity, water, mortgages and personal loans, credit cards, telephones, cable and internet, among other services. Once the three months are up, payment of the charges accrued will be spread over two years, without risk of default or damage to creditworthiness. Nor will they face interest charges.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
As of 23:59 (local time) on March 17, El Salvador International Airport (SAL) will close all operations for 15 days. Only air cargo transportation, maintenance, and humanitarian missions will be allowed to continue operations at SAL.
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2020-03-14 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
A state of emergency was declared on March 14
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2020-03-12 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
ALL travellers from abroad. Quarantine for 30 days.
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2020-03-12 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Travellers from affected countries.
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2020-03-11 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
all private and public schools have been canceled for 21 days from March 11
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2020-03-11 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The President of El Salvador declared a 30-day nationwide quarantine on Wednesday, March 11
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2020-03-11 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
gatherings of more than 500 people are also prohibited
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2020-03-11 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
all foreign nationals banned from entering the country for the next 21 days
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Salvadorian citizens and accredited diplomats will be allowed to enter El Salvador but will be subject to a 30-day quarantine period
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
President of El Salvador has ordered private companies to send employees who are older than 60, who are pregnant or who have underlying conditions, home on paid time off for 30 days.
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2020-03-11 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Private companies who don’t deal with food, medicine or supplies, and decide to send all of their workers home on paid time off will be eligible for government help said President
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