New Rules Published Minutes Before Going Into Effect (Again)

Peru’s Castillo administration once again published new rules for the country a few minutes before they went into effect last night. Supreme Decree 005-2022-PCM goes into effect today and will last through January 30.

Under the new Decree, eighteen more provinces were added to the High Risk Alert Level designation thanks to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The biggest surprise in the new rules is a shortening of curfew hours by one hour. Provinces under High Risk Alert Levels will now see the nightly curfew running from midnight until 4 am. (The rest of the country will still continue with a 2 am to 4 am curfew.)

Tthe 42 provinces in high alert level are: Arequipa, Camana, Islay, Huanuco, Leoncio Prado, Cajamarca, Jaen, Huamanga, Tacna, Jorge Basadre, Ilo, Mariscal Nieto, Ica, Chincha, Pisco, Palpa, Huancayo, Satipo, Chanchamayo.Likewise, Tarma, Huaura, Cañete, Barranca, Huaral, Huarochirí, Lima, Callao, Piura, Talara, Paita, Sullana, Sechura, Morropón, Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Ferreñafe, Santa, Huaraz, Cusco, La Convención, Urubamba, Trujillo and Pacasmayo.

The other big change, beginning January 23, is that people age 50 and over will be required to present proof of having received a third (booster) vaccination dose in order to enter enclosed spaces and to travel when using either interprovincial land transportation or domestic air travel. (A negative molecular test no earlier han 48 hours prior to boarding is still accepted in place of proof of vaccination.)

Other travel and mask rules did not change.

Proof of vaccination is still required to enter enclosed spaces for anyone aged 18 and older though, at least in Cusco, this rule is almost universally ignored and not enforced.

These places are now defined as: shopping malls, commercial galleries, department stores, stores in general, conglomerates, stores supplying basic necessities, supermarkets, markets, restaurants and related in indoor areas, casinos, slot machines, cinemas, theaters, banks, financial institutions, churches, temples, places of worship, libraries, museums, cultural centers, art galleries, clubs, premises of sports associations, hairdressers, barbershops, spa, Turkish baths, saunas, thermal baths, coliseums, gymnasiums, notary offices, user service offices, administrative procedures, and public and private institutions, as well as professional associations

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