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Important Colombia Quarantine Rules for June

Important Colombia Quarantine Rules for June

Location: Colombia

Event: COVID-19 Quarantine Update

COVID-19 Quarantine Update:  As of June 1, the Colombian Ministry of Health has reported 30,493 cases of COVID-19, with 969 deaths. As per our previous message, on May 27 President Duque announced that Colombia would loosen isolation measures in Colombia as of June 1.  The National Government decree, which may or may not be implemented in your city of residence, included orders which include:

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People over 70 years old will remain in preventive isolation until August 31, but will be able to go outside three times a week for 30 minutes. 

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Those with preexisting medical conditions such as lung conditions and hypertension should remain in isolation but can also go out three times a week for 30 minutes. 

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Children from 2 to 5 years old will be able to go outside three times a week for 30 minutes a day. 

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Children from 6 and 17 years old will be able to go outside three times a week for one hour a day.

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Those aged 18 to 69 years old can go outside every day for two hours.

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Kindergartens, schools, and universities will continue to operate virtually in the month of June.

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As these measures may not apply to your place of residence, please contact local authorities with specific questions.  Since President Duque’s announcement, city and municipal governments in Bogota, Cali and Cartagena have determined that they will maintain specific restrictions for their residents and visitors.In particular, these cities’ mayors will continue current isolation measures until June 15, perform close monitoring and screening, and establish epidemiological barriers in key commercial areas and neighborhoods. In Medellin, isolation measures will be lifted starting June 1 for transition into a ‘smart isolation phase’ with the further opening of establishments and additional flexibilities for residents.  At the current time, authorities in Barranquilla will maintain isolation measures until June 6th as well as the current pico y cedula system until June 15th.

Per the Minister of Transport, international flights remain suspended through August 31. As we have noted previously, those under quarantine ARE permitted to go to the airport and take humanitarian flights out of Colombia if flights are available. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to change with little or no advance notice. If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of the humanitarian flights announced through the STEP program.  The U.S. government cannot guarantee the ability to arrange flights indefinitely.  U.S. citizens should return immediately to the United States unless you are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Colombia’s Coronavirus Information Page for additional information on these new measures and to register your contact and travel information.

 

43 Principal Economic Activities or Sectors with Permission to Work Nation Wide after June 1, 2020

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Assistance and provision of health services.

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Acquisition and payment of goods and services.

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Assistance and care for children, adolescents, people over 70, people with disabilities and patients with special treatments that require assistance from trained personnel.

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Due to force majeure or fortuitous event.

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The work of the medical missions of the Pan American Health Organization PAHO- and of all international humanitarian and health organizations in connection with life, the provision of public and private professional, administrative, operational, and technical health services.

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The production, supply, storage, transport, marketing and distribution chain of medicines, pharmaceuticals, supplies, cleaning products, disinfection and personal hygiene for homes and hospitals, equipment and devices for health technologies, as well as maintenance and support to guarantee the continuous provision of health services. The operation of establishments and commercial premises for the commercialization of medicines, pharmaceuticals, supplies, equipment and devices of health technologies.

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Activities related to emergency services, including veterinary emergencies.

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Funeral services, burials and cremations.

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The production, supply and storage chain. transportation, marketing and distribution of: (i) inputs to produce basic necessities; (ii) basic necessities -food, beverages, medicines, medical devices, grooming, cleaning, and goods of ordinary consumption in the population-, (iii) laboratory reagents, and (iv) food, medicine and other pet products, as well as the elements and goods necessary to attend the health emergency, as well as the supply chain related to the production of these goods.

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The chain of sowing, fumigation, harvesting, production, packaging, packaging, import, export, transport, storage, distribution and commercialization of: seeds, inputs and agricultural products, fishing, aquaculture, livestock and agrochemical-fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides -, and animal feed, maintenance of animal health, the operation of primary and secondary food processing centers, the operation of the commercialization infrastructure, major and minor irrigation for the supply of population and agricultural water, and technical assistance . The logistics and transportation of the above activities will be guaranteed.

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Likewise, the maintenance activities of boats and agricultural or fishing machinery. The face-to-face marketing of basic necessity products will be made in stores, warehouses, markets, wholesale and retail supermarkets and retail markets in establishments and commercial premises nationwide, and they may market their products through electronic commerce platforms and / or for delivery at home.

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The activities of public servants, State contractors, private individuals who exercise public functions and other personnel necessary to prevent, mitigate and attend to the health emergency due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, and guarantee the operation of State services. The activities of the personnel of the diplomatic and consular missions duly accredited to the Colombian State, strictly necessary to prevent, mitigate and attend to the health emergency due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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The activities of the personnel of the diplomatic and consular missions duly accredited to the Colombian State, strictly necessary to prevent, mitigate and attend to the health emergency due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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The activities of the Military Forces, the National Police and State security agencies, as well as the military and defense industry, and officials of the Attorney General’s Office and the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences.

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The activities of the public and private service ports, exclusively for cargo transportation.

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Maritime and river dredging activities.

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The execution of transport infrastructure works and public works, as well as the supply chain of materials and supplies related to their execution.

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The activities of the construction sector, execution of civil works and the remodeling of buildings, as well as the supply of materials and supplies exclusively destined for their execution.

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Air and airport operations in accordance with the provisions of article 8 of this decree, and their respective maintenance.

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The commercialization of the products of the gastronomic establishments and premises, including those located in hotels, through electronic commerce platforms, by home delivery and by takeaway delivery.

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The activities of the hotel industry to serve its guests, strictly necessary to prevent, mitigate, and attend to the health emergency caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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Research and practical laboratories of institutions of higher education and education for work and human development.

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The operation of critical infrastructure – computers, computer systems, communication networks, data and information – whose destruction or interference can weaken or impact the security of the economy, public health or a combination of them.

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The operation and operation of call centers, contact centers, technical support centers and data processing centers that provide services in the national territory and electronic commerce platforms.

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The operation of the provision of private security and surveillance services, prison and penitentiary services.

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Cleaning and toilet service, including domestic and laundry services

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The activities necessary to guarantee the operation, maintenance, storage and supply of the provision of: (i) public services of aqueduct, sewerage, electric energy, public lighting, cleaning (collection, transportation, use and final disposal, recycling, including waste biological or sanitary) and recovery of materials; (ií) of the logistics chain of inputs, supplies for the production, supply, import, export and supply of hydrocarbons, liquid fuels, biofuels, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas -GLP-, (iii) of the logistics chain of inputs, supplies for the production, supply, import, export and supply of minerals, as well as the operation and maintenance of mines, and (iv) internet and telephone service.

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The provision of services: (i) banking, (ii) financial, (iii) postal payment operators, (iv) professionals buying and selling currencies, (v) operations of games of luck and chance in the form of novelties and territorial permanent bets, (vi) chance and lottery, (vii) credit bureaus, (viii) transportation of securities, (ix) notary activities and registration of public instruments, (x) issuance of urban planning licenses.

The Superintendent of Notaries and Registry will determine the hours and shifts, in which the notary services will be provided, guaranteeing the provision of the service to the most vulnerable people and those with special constitutional protection.

The Superintendent of Notaries and Registry will determine the hours, shifts in which the services will be provided by the registry offices of public instruments.

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The operation of postal, courier, radio, television, press, and media distribution services.

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The supply and distribution of basic necessities – food, beverages, medicines, medical devices, hygiene, cleaning, and goods of ordinary consumption in the population – under social programs of the State and of private persons.

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Interreligious sector activities related to institutional emergency programs, humanitarian, spiritual and psychological aid.

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The production, supply, storage, repair, maintenance, transport and distribution chain of manufacturing industries.

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Wholesale and retail trade, including the operation of shopping centers and real estate activities.

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The activities of operators of payments of wages, fees, pensions, public and private economic benefits; periodic social economic benefits-BEPS-, and those corresponding to the Social Security and Social Protection systems and subsystems.

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The strictly necessary displacement of the directing and teaching personnel of the public and private educational institutions, to prevent, mitigate and attend the health emergency due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.

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In accordance with the measures, instructions and schedules established by the mayors in their respective territorial jurisdictions, and in any case subject to the biosafety protocols established for this purpose, the following will be allowed:

–  The development of physical activities and outdoor exercise of people who are in the age range of 18 to 69 years, for a maximum period of two (2) hours daily.

– The development of physical activities and outdoor exercise of children over 6 years old, three (3) times a week, one (1) hour a day.

– The development of physical activities and outdoor exercise of children between two (2) and five (5) years, three (3) times a week, half an hour a day.

– The development of physical activities and outdoor exercise of adults over 70 years, three (3) times a week, half an hour a day.

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The realization of property appraisals and the realization of studies of titles that have the purpose of the constitution of guarantees, before entities supervised by the Financial Superintendence of Colombia.

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The operation of family police stations and police inspections, as well as the users of these.

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The manufacture, repair, maintenance and purchase and sale of spare parts and accessories for conventional and electric bicycles.

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Public parking for vehicles.

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Museums and libraries.

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Hairdressing services.

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Professional, technical and service activities in general.

It should be noted that the people who dedicate themselves to this type of activities must be accredited and identified for the exercise of their functions.

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