Lima, Peru: In an effort to curb the spread of corona virus disease 19 (Covid-19), the Peruvian government on March 15, 2020 announced the implementation of a national health emergency status until March 30, 2020. This national emergency status means that a nationwide lockdown status was carried out in Peru and on March 26, 2020, the Peruvian government extended the lockdown period to April 12, 2020.
Government and private offices, schools, campuses, airports, ports, borders, restaurants, houses of worship, malls, beaches, and other public places must be closed. A curfew from 6 pm to 5 am is also enforced with strict law enforcement for those who violate where police and army officers are deployed in various corners of the country.
This certainly has an impact on the people’s economy, especially people whose daily income and odd jobs. To help the poor people who are affected by lockdown the Peruvian government provides a subsidy of 380 Soles or around 75 US Dollars, but the Peruvian government does not provide these subsidies to foreign nationals.
The economic impact of the lockdown was also felt by some Indonesian citizens who settled in Peru and worked as day laborers, restaurant waiters, shop assistants, food vendors, builders, and others. In this connection, to ease the burden on Indonesian citizens in facing the lockdown period, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima provided logistical assistance to them.
Logistics assistance distributed consisted of rice, sugar, cooking oil, eggs, bread, mineral water, canned fish, noodles, tea, to masks and hand sanitizers. The Indonesian citizens who received this assistance were very grateful and appreciated the attention given. The Indonesian Embassy in Lima also advised them to always maintain their health and comply with regulations specifically related to lockdowns and curfews imposed by the Peruvian government. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Lima)