As COVID-19 cases decline, Peru to eliminate mask mandates in some public spaces starting May 1

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As the number of new COVID-19 cases in Peru decreases, the country’s government has announced that the use of masks will no longer be mandatory in public places in Lima, Callao and other departments where more than 80% of the population received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The restriction of masks in public places will be lifted in the departments [states] where 80% of the population receives the third dose, among them Lima, Callao, the province of Lima, Ica and Áncash. People who want to can wear masks,” Health Minister Jorge López said. April 21.

It will no longer be necessary to wear masks on beaches, in parks, in country clubs, sports clubs, protected natural areas, archaeological areas, open-air museums, zoos or in outdoor restaurants , noted the government.

The new health measure will come into effect on May 1, announced César Munayco, executive director of public health surveillance at the Ministry of Health’s National Center for Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (CDC).

The easing of restrictions is happening as more than 50% of the target population has been vaccinated with a third dose and there is a clear decrease in coronavirus cases across the country.

The third wave is over, we have a very low number of new cases and fewer people hospitalized. In addition, the application of the second and third doses is gradually progressing,” mentioned Mr Munayco.

On April 21, the Social Health Security Intelligence and Data Analysis Unit (EsSalud) reported that, the previous week, less than 2,200 COVID-19 infections were recorded in the country, a downward trend in infections that has remained stable for 12 consecutive weeks.

Dante Cersso, head of the intelligence unit, said infections are “currently reaching figures similar to those reported in early April 2020, the year the pandemic began”.

Image courtesy of EsSalud.

What Foreigners Traveling to Peru Should Know

If you are a foreigner and you are going to travel to Peru for work or tourism, you must take into account that a person over the age of 12 must prove that he has received the first and second dose of the COVID vaccine -19.

If this is not possible, you may present a negative molecular test with a result date no later than 48 hours prior to boarding at their point of origin, according to the United States Embassy in Peru. Children under 12 only need to be asymptomatic to board.

According to the relevant regulations, those who show symptoms upon arrival in Peru must enter into mandatory isolation.

In addition, passengers must wear adequate respiratory protection when traveling (double mask or mask with high filtration capacity: N95, KN95, etc.).

Travelers will also be able to remove their masks in public spaces from May 1.

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