Santiago, September 2021.
The Chilean Government announced that the State of Constitutional Exception for Catastrophe due to Public Calamity that had been in force since March 18th, 2020, will not be renewed, which will end on September 30th, 2021. The end of this state means that restrictions on the freedom and mobility of people within the country will end, such as quarantine measures, sanitary control and curfew (currently applied between 00:00 to 05:00 hours).
However, the regulation “Health Alert” will be maintained. Since February 8th, 2020, it has been in force under Decree N° 4 of the Ministry of Health. This regulation grants extraordinary powers to the Undersecretariat of Public Health, the Regional Ministerial Health Secretariats, the Institute of Public Health, the Superintendency of Health and other entities due to the public health emergency of Coronavirus outbreak. By these extraordinary powers, the Government will amend the mandatory instructive “Plan Paso a Paso” to establish specific measures and restrictions to avoid increasing infections.
The main changes, effective as of October 1st, 2021, are:
- The gradual structure of the Plan is maintained with some modifications. Phase 1 (Total Quarantine) is eliminated and replaced by the “Restriction” phase, and phase 5, “Advanced Opening,” is included. Therefore, the Plan will now consist of 5 stages, where it will advance or regress according to the health situation of each commune: Restriction, Transition, Preparation, Initial Opening and Advanced Opening.
- The measures for each phase will be in force every day of the week, and there will be no mobility restriction.
- All activities will be allowed, but depending on the phase, the capacity will be limited, and other measures will be established to reduce crowds.
- Having the Mobility Pass (“Pase de Movilidad”) becomes very important since the capacity in private meetings and public spaces will depend on it. The Mobility Pass is the document given to those who have completed their vaccination process against Covid-19 and have completed 14 days from the second dose of the Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines and the single dose of Janssen and CanSino.
- Also, from October 1st, only the C-19 Health Passport will be required for interregional travel by public transport (plane, bus or train). The C-19 Health Passport can be obtained at: https://www.c19.cl/regional_es.html. As of November 1st, the C-19 will be eliminated, and only the Mobility Pass will be necessary.
- The measures for travels to and from abroad are maintained according to the information previously sent.
- The obligation to wear a mask and social distancing is maintained, and self-care measures will be reinforced (handwashing, ventilation, testing, isolation, etc.).
We remain attentive if you have any questions about the changes mentioned above.
We will report any news on this matter.
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