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Chilean Government Announces New Measures 

by Ignacio Gillmore, José Ignacio Mercado and Ricardo Reveco

Published: March, 2020

Submission: March, 2020



Regarding the State of Catastrophe and sanitary alert decreed in Chile in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sunday 22 March 2020, the Chilean Government announced the following 12 measures:

  • Strict quarantine for the extreme-South city of Puerto Williams (except for essential cargo freighting).

  • Strict sanitary customs in the aerial and maritime crossing to the city of Puerto Williams.

  • Tightening of sanitary customs procedures for the island of Chiloé, in Southern Chile.

  • Quarantine line (cordon sanitaire) around the city of Chillán, in southern central Chile.

  • Prohibition to travel to vacation homes (located in areas where there is a high density of vacation housing).

  • Instruction for the return to cities of origin for individuals that had gone out of town to vacation spots; return must have been achieved by no later than Tuesday 24 March at 10 p.m.

  • Tightening of measures applied by all sanitary customs already established.

  • Mandatory quarantine for everyone arriving in Chile, whatever the spot of origin.

  • Curfew throughout national territory between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. as of Sunday, 22 March 2020.

  • In a week’s time, inception of quick testing to detect carriers who may not have yet evidenced symptoms. Testing points yet to be informed.

  • Individuals tested positive that do not observe the quarantine instruction or who cannot meet such instructions may be registered into premises specifically prepared for their mandatory quarantine period.

  • Establishment of strict control in the Santiago boroughs of Providencia, Las Condes and Vitacura to ensure individuals instructed to go into quarantineobserve the measure.


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