The Colombian government orders the immediate closure of all bars, clubs, casinos and family entertainment to the public

Today, the Colombian Ministers of Health and Social Protection and Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MinCIT) ordered the closure of all places of public gathering such as nightclubs, casinos, malls family recreation, amusement parks and meeting places, at least until April 15.

Hotels are allowed to stay open and serve customers.

“Leisure and amusement establishments, such as bars, clubs and casinos, are spaces where contact between people is greater and are therefore places that favor the spread of the Covid-19 virus, it is therefore necessary to close them temporarily,” said the Minister of Health. Trade, industry and tourism José Manuel Restrepo.

However, he explained, although these establishments are closed to the public, they can continue to sell food and drinks through e-commerce, home delivery and take-out service.

“In order to guarantee the proper protection of the health of all Colombians and to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Ministers of Health and Social Protection and Commerce, Industry and Tourism, through the resolution 453 of 2020, have decided to adopt health control measures and temporary closure of establishments related to leisure and entertainment; dance; chance and entertainment and suspend work or services of similar activities that involve meeting a group of people.

This measure is in line with Executive Order 420 of 2020, which instructs mayors and governors to maintain public order during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public spaces and commercial establishments, to from Thursday March 19. , 2020, until Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Photo above: The partial selection of imported beers at Restaurant Casa Solariegaerving continental European cuisine in Santa Fé de Antioquia, Colombia. © Loren Moss

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