The original COVID-19 quarantine in Peru started on March 16, 2020. After about three months, restrictions began to ease and life returned to a more normal, though fully masked, version. We never went back to school, and all teaching/learning has been done online since then. A few weeks ago, the government announced that all classes will stay virtual through April 15 (of course that can be extended).
Yesterday, the government announced that with increasing numbers of COVID cases and over-full hospitals, the full quarantine is returning to Lima and other parts of Peru from January 31 to February 14, 2021 (we have a few days to get ready). Casinos, gyms, theaters, and restaurants will be closed to the public. (I mention casinos first because they are first on the government graphic–interesting first choice.) Restaurants can offer take-out. Malls and stores will be closed along with churches and social clubs. Supermarkets, pharmacies, and local markets will stay open at 40% of capacity. People will be allowed to go for a walk or run for one hour daily; no personal cars will be allowed unless you receive a special permission.
So, here we go again. If we get it right, the full quarantine will be lifted in two weeks. If we don’t get it right, well, who knows. It’s up to us. As a community, how will we do? It’s up to us, together.