03.05.20 State of Calamity
Through Government Decree Number 5-2020, on March 5, 2020, the President of the Republic of Guatemala, alongside his Cabinet, set for a 30-day period, the State of Calamity throughout the national territory as a result of the statement by the World Health Organization ("WHO") of the COVID-19 ("COVID-19") pandemic as a public health emergency of international importance. This state of emergency was extended until May 5, 2020, by Government Decree 7-2020 dated March 25, 2020.
03.29.20 Presidential Provisions for the Public Calamity Case
Decreed by the President of the Republic which are in force and among which it was decided to limit the rights of movement during the hours between 4:00 p.m. of one day and 4:00 a.m. of the following day. Furthermore, it was ordered to suspend the work and activities in the different State agencies, as well as in the private sector until April 12, 2020.
04.01.20 Decree 12-2020 of the Congress of the Republic was published, which approves, the Emergency Law to Protect Guatemalans from the Effects Caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
The purpose of this temporary law is to create the necessary measures to deal with the crisis resulting from the measures adopted to contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the national territory.
04.03.20 The President of the Republic decreed complementary provisions, restricting locomotion rights within the departmental constituency until April 12, 2020. In addition, locomotion is restricted for personal or recreational reasons; and, they prohibit visits to beaches, lakes, lagoons, rivers or the like.

Because of the foregoing, the following employment, tax, immigration, contractual and regulatory considerations are presented so that they may be taken into account in the coming days.

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Originally published April 8th, 2020

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