June 11, 2020

The Government announces quarantine for Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, and extends it in the Metropolitan and Tarapacá Regions

The Government announces quarantine for Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, and extends it in the Metropolitan and Tarapacá Regions
Quarantine measures will be introduced in the urban parts of Pozo Almonte (Tarapacá), Melipilla, Curacaví, Til Til, San José de Maipo and Peñaflor in the Metropolitan Region with effect from this Friday.

As of 10 pm on Friday, over eight million people in Chile will be subject to quarantine. The following areas are to be added to those cities that will remain in quarantine: the urban part of Pozo Almonte in the Tarapacá region; the municipalities of Valparaíso, Viña del Mar and Peñaflor; the urban parts of Melipilla, Curacaví, Til Til and San José de Maipo in the Metropolitan Region. New cordons sanitaires will be implemented in Pirque and Alto Bío Bío.

The Health Ministry added that quarantine will remain in effect for the following municipalities: Iquique, Alto Hospicio, Calama, San Antonio, Puente Alto, San Bernardo, Buin, Lampa, Colina, Padre Hurtado and the 38 municipalities in Santiago.

“Given the evolution in the number of people infected, we have decided, in conjunction with the COVID-19 committee led by the President of Chile, to implement these new restrictive measures in order to contain and mitigate the spread of the disease and avoid the number of infected people increasing,” explained Health Minister Jaime Mañalich.

Supervision and sanctions

Crime Prevention Undersecretary Katherine Martorell explained that Valparaiso and Viña del Mar will be subject to quarantine until June 16. She confirmed that the supply chains are guaranteed and called for people to avoid crowding in order to prevent the development of focal points for spreading the coronavirus.

She stated that "we will not hesitate, not even for a second, to pursue and enforce compliance with these sanitary regulations. The signal is clear: we must comply with these measures because this challenge depends on each and every one of us.”

Undersecretary Martorell added that nationwide the Carabineros (uniformed police) have been doing some 40,000 checks every day. She reminded the public that the fines for failing to comply with health regulations can be up to 50 million Chilean pesos (US63,000).

She added that there are people who have failed to comply with the measures implemented by the Government on 16 occasions to date. The Undersecretary emphasized that "all the people who do not comply with these measures are committing a crime that is subject to imprisonment as well as fines.”