Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei tightened Thursday’s measures to stop the coronavirus pandemic from progressing, and decided to “completely close” Guatemala by next Monday.
“For the good of everyone, we have decided to declare the country closed from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is an emergency measure in the face of a real threat,” said Giammattei in a message posted on his Twitter account.
Giammattei, who has recognized that the new measures are “drastic”, has given reasons for his decision and has indicated that this is due to the interest in “preserving life”, although he has appealed to the population to confirm that there has been a “relaxation” of the country in the context of the pandemic, as he said in a nationwide message collected by the local newspaper Prensa Libre.
In particular, during the closure only the transportation of heavy vehicles to the ports can circulate and only those dealing with food, water, medication and gas are allowed to circulate, in addition to basic services such as water, energy, telephone and internet. People with serious illnesses that need treatment can also circulate.