Extreme Measures

This is a portion of an email we received from the American Embassy:

“Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra recently announced additional quarantine measures, including a gender-based limitation on visits to grocery stores and banks, and other routine business. Men will be allowed to leave their homes only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Women will be allowed to leave on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. No one will be allowed to conduct routine business on Sundays. These measures will take effect starting today Friday, April 3.”

It’s starting to feel EVEN MORE like a police state! It’s my understanding that these additional measures have been ordered because there were places where the people were not following the self-quarantine policy. They were going on with life as usual with full buses, full grocery stores, etc.

At this point, we have 37 confirmed cases here in Arequipa (a city of one million) and a total of 1,595 in all of Peru with 61 deaths so far.

When will it end?!