The reopening of Panama will take a great leap forward on July 11, after President Laurentino Cortizo formally announced lifting the indoor mask mandate.
This is excellent news for the country, as we safely emerge from the pandemic. The government removed the mask requirement in open spaces in March and lifting the indoor mandate is the next step in the plan to return to normalcy. Masks will still be mandatory in health facilities and public transportation.
The health ministry still recommends that people wear masks in public settings and schools and avoid large gatherings, but it will no longer be mandatory, Minister Luis Sucre said.
Panama has had a mask mandate since June 2020, when the country fully confronted the coronavirus. There have been many ups and downs over the last few years, but Panama has been a leader in the region in adopting vaccines and establishing safe protocols for travelers.
As a result, Panama has recovered quicker than many countries around the world. At Punta Pacifica Realty, we’ve been doing steady business for more than a year now, working with our clients from around the world during these difficult times. As Tocumen reopened last year, Panama again emerged as the center of the regional economy.
Lifting the indoor mandate is welcome and one more sign that everyone should feel comfortable and safe in Panama.