Government extends curfew and prohibits liquor sales from Friday to Sunday

Jul 30, 2020 | 36 comments

The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) has issued new restrictions for 18 provinces, extending the nightly curfew and prohibiting liquor sales on weekends. Under the new rules that affect Cuenca and Quito and other communities under yellow light protocols, the curfew will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday through Sunday and the sale of liquor will not be allowed after 7 p.m.

The new restrictions will apply for 15 days beginning Saturday and are subject to extension.

Interior Minister María Paula Romo

“We understand the special needs of several provinces, particularly in Pichincha and Azuay, where new cases of Covid-19 have surged in recent weeks and it was necessary to adopt new rules to control unauthorized gatherings that usually involve drinking,” Interior Minister María Paula Romo said Wednesday night.

In a morning interview on Teleamazonas, Romo said that the nightly curfew would probably not change from 9 p.m. in Quito and Cuenca. “Once we reviewed the information at the COE meeting, however, it became obvious that we needed to adjust the weekend curfew hours,” she said. “We also understood that the sale of liquor on weekends needed to be restricted.”

Romo blamed the surge in new cases in larger cities on the careless behavior of young people and informal vendors. “We are seeing an alarming number of instances where young people gather to drink and play sports in violation of social distancing restrictions,” she said. “The numbers are especially bad on weekends and national and local law enforcement agencies are intensifying efforts to put a stop to these practices.”

She added that young people who gather in large groups are infecting older family members who suffer more severe symptoms from Covid-19. “The careless behavior is filling our hospitals and any new restrictions the COE adopts will focus on these illegal gatherings.”

Restaurant associations and liquor sales representatives in Cuenca and Quito criticiazed the new restrictions, saying they will hurt businesses and result in loss of employment.

Beginning last week, national police and military personnel have conducted patrols to reduce the number of informal street vendors, particularly around large markets. In Cuenca, the patrols have focused on the 9th de Octubre market and Feria Libre.

CuencaHighLife

Expat Community News

Dani News

Google ad

FAAN News

Gypsy News

Hogar Esperanza News

Google ad

Fund Grace News

Veronica Arpi News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of February 18

The Cuenca – Molleturo – El Empalme Road Remains Shut Down Due to Landslide.

Read more

Woman Escapes House Arrest in Cuenca While Under Police Surveillance.

Read more

Ecuador and Colombia Forge Agreement for Individual Prisoner Repatriation.

Read more

Subscribe to our newsletter

Cuenca High Life offers on-line publications, local translated news, and reports about the expat life and living in Ecuador. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!