Panama is taking a new, very different measure, to combat the corona virus pandemic. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the days when women are allowed to go out, while men only go out Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Starting April 1, only women can leave home to buy basic supplies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Men are only allowed to go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Everyone will have to stay home on Sunday. These restrictions will last for at least 15 days, according to government officials.
These new measures, in addition to a national blockade, are theoretically designed to make it easier for police to restrict the number of people out in public places.
“The large number of people traveling outside, despite the mandatory nationwide blockade, led the government to take stricter measures,” Panama President Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo said on Twitter.
Earlier, Panama officials had ordered all citizens to stay home except for emergencies and buy food. But fearing the number of people still going out, the Central American nation decided to divide the days of the week by gender to limit the number of people going out at the same time, according to CNN.
Even on the days when they get out, both men and women will only have two hours to shop, according to a Panama government release.
Panama has 1,075 confirmed cases of virus infection and 27 deaths, according to health officials. The country has the toughest measures in the region to combat epidemics.
More than 2,000 people were arrested last week for failing to comply with the blockade, according to AFP.
The country has banned all domestic and international travel, closing airports. Even after the March 22 deadline, even Panamanian citizens cannot return home.
There was a night-time curfew prohibiting Panamanians from leaving their homes from 9pm to 5am the following morning. The order has also been tightened, and now the curfew will begin at 17:00.