The Guatemalan government has declared a new state of emergency to prevent the spread of the Delta variant that has already appeared in various cases throughout the country.  Please take this into consideration before planning a trip to Guatemala, as there is now a curfew enacted between the hours of 10PM-4AM across the entire country.

This is an excerpt from the Health Alert sent by the US Embassy in Guatemala:

 

The Government of Guatemala has announced a nation-wide State of Public Calamity, in effect until September 11, 2021, due to a substantial increase in COVID-19 infections in Guatemala.  The State of Public Calamity includes a curfew, restricts public gatherings, enforces mask wearing and other sanitary measures in public spaces, and restricts the sale and consumption of alcohol in commercial and public spaces. The measures are focused on limiting the spread of the virus, without limiting essential services.

During the State of Public Calamity, the following restrictions are in place:

 

Curfew:

Beginning August 15, 2021, a curfew is in effect between 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m. the next day. Although not an exhaustive list, some exceptions include official government business, medical emergencies, and food and pharmaceutical delivery services. 

 

Public gatherings: 

Sporting events are prohibited if spectators are present. Other entertainment events and public gatherings and meetings are permitted if capacity limits are followed.  Public demonstrations are permitted if required notification is provided, and if public right of way is not impeded.

 

Mask-weari​ng and social distancing: 

o    Masks must be worn in public or governmental spaces and establishments, private spaces and establishments open to the public, and private entities offering restricted-access services, including any form of transportation or transit.

o    Individuals must maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 meters.

o    Individuals must regularly clean their hands with antibacterial soap, or alcohol gel (60% or above).

 

Commercial Activities: 

o    Commercial establishments and activities not subject to an exemption must remain closed between the hours of 9:00 p.m and 5:00 a.m. Medical providers and certain other essential services are exempted.

o    The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

 

Actions to Take:  

o    Check the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information Page for updated COVID-19 related information.

o    Monitor the CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements for entry into the United States.

o    Click here for the Department of State’s COVID FAQs Search Tool.

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