16 March 2020 – Government extends Health Cabinet, imposes 30 day quarantine on returning nationals

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Executive Order, Financial and Economic, Guidance, Regulation
Sectors Involved: Central Bank, Civil Defence, Corrections / Justice, Education, Environment, Executive Office, Finance/Economy, Foreign Affairs, Health, Immigration, Military, Private Sector and Businesses, Police and Interior Affairs, Research and Development, Social Services, Supply Chains, Tourism, Transportation
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans; Creating and using advisory groups or committees; International travel measures; Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Gatherings, businesses, and services; Special populations; Domestic travel; Finance policy and financial aid; Financial aid to health services; Legal and policy; Regulatory change; Enforcement actions
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President Nayib Bukele

Overview: The Government of El Salvador announces new measures to tackle the COVID-19 virus. Measures include but at not limited to: creation of an extended Health Cabinet; 30-quarantine of nationals coming to the country, and prison for any person entering illegally; public shows, gyms, and agglomerations of more than 50 people are suspended; people over 60 years old, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases must be sent home both from public and private sector (paid); Non-essential companies/services are advised to close; Government fixes prices to some food items in order to avoid hoarding; Different ordinances for the public transportation; Government starts construction of hospital to treat COV-19 cases exclusively. The hospital is to have 300 ICU beds, and 2000 regular beds; All government institutions involved, including the police, must guarantee compliance with these sanitary provisions. The army coordinates logistics in quarantine centers
Full details here: https://covid19.gob.sv/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/16M-CO-Medidas.pdf.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Extended Health Cabinet/ WHO