Several mayors of some of the cities most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in El Salvador have decided to take their own measures to curb the increase in infections. This measure has already been rejected by the government and by the president himself, who branded Nayib Bukele as a voter.
The mayors who took the initiative include Soyapango, Ilopango, San Salvador, San José Villanueva and San Miguel, who have decided to limit circulation, close markets, squares and parks, and impose fines on people who: do not wear masks and limit yourself to a maximum of 20 people in a meeting in a public or private place, in addition to actively searching for possible cases and contacts, according to the newspaper ‘La Prensa Gráfica’.
These measures are in line with the proposal for a special law to contain the pandemic presented by the opposition party ARENA on Monday to “deal with the emergency,” as MPs René Portillo Cuadra and Carlos Reyes explained.
The proposal calls for mayors to obtain approval from the legislative assembly to apply the measures once agreed by a local emergency pandemic emergency committee set up for this purpose. According to Reyes, the ARENA chairman in the assembly, 56 positive votes are required for those measures that require a limitation of the constitutional guarantees.