Panama is taking a new and unprecedented measure to combat the spread of coronavirus – the separation of sexes.
This measure which began yesterday (April 2) – only women will be able to leave their homes to buy necessities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and men in Panama will be allowed to run errands on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Then on Sunday, everyone will be at home – so family can be fully united. The restriction and new measures hold for 15 days. Even on their designated days both men and women will only have two hours to do shopping.
This additional measure (that is based on sex) is put in place so that the police in the Central American nation will limit and control the number of people going out in public.
Panamanian President, Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo said: “The great quantity of people circulating outside their homes, despite the obligatory national quarantine, has led the national government to take more severe measures”.
Panamanian officials had only instructed everybody to stay inside except for emergencies and to buy food. But they were shocked by the number of people still going out so they decided to divide the week by sex to further reduce how much of the public is outside their homes at the same time.
Panama has 1,317 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 32 deaths, according to worldometer.info
A nightly curfew had already kept Panamanians from leaving their homes between 9pm and 5am each day. Under the new, more stringent measures, the curfew will now begin at 5.