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Guatemala covid-19 information hub

As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis. 

We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM), Beccar Varela and Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno; Brazil’s Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados, Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, BLP, Arias and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Claro & Cía and Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz and regional firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; Ecuador’s Pérez Bustamante & Ponce and Ferrere (Ecuador); Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Nader, Hayaux & Goebel, Galicia Abogados and Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC; Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.

Most firms contributing to the covid-19 hub are drawn from Latin Lawyer Elite. In those countries not covered by Latin Lawyer Elite, we are working with top firms recommended in the Latin Lawyer 250.

We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly evolving period.

We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.

24 August

Ministerial Agreement 215-2020 - modifies alert system.

15 August

Governmental Agreement 79-2020 – establishes new presidential provisions.

11 August

Reestablishes the work of the personnel of all jurisdictional bodies and administrative units of the judicial body in the entire Republic of Guatemala as of 10 August 2020.

10 August

Ministerial Agreement No. 190-2020 – reforms Article 8 of ministerial agreement number 172-2020.

7 August

Modification of Presidential provisions.

15 July

Acuerdo Ministerial 173-2020 MEM - maintains the validity of the provisions contained in Ministerial Agreement number 105-2020 of the Ministry of Energy and Mines concerning orders for strict compliance concerning the state of public calamity.

13 July

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala - Presidency of the Republic establishes new provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala - Presidency of the Republic establishes new provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

30 June

Acuerdo Ministerial MAGA no.112-2020 – establishes temporary provisions for sanitary measures in the agricultural sector, developed in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance through Ministerial Agreement 146-2020.

29 June

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala - Presidency of the Republic establishes new provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

25 June

Presidencia Decreto Gubernativo 12-2020 - extension of the state of calamity.

24 June

Acuerdo Ministerial 161-2020 MEM – extends the validity for the term of three months of the operating licenses for the transportation of oil and petroleum products of mobile units that are expired at the time of publication.

15 June

Acuerdo Gubernativo 79-2020 – extends certain constitutional reforms about the national state of emergency.

1 June

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala – extension and reforms of presidential provisions in the event of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

30 May

Decreto Gubernativo 10 – a state of siege is declared and established throughout the territory of the municipalities of Nahuala Santa Catarina Istahuacan and Santa Lucia Utatlan, in the Solola department of the Republic of Guatemala.

29 May

Decreto Gubernativo 9-2020 – extension of the state of calamity.

15 May

Presidency of the Republic establishes suspension of locomotion work and activities in the public and private sector.

12 May

Presidencia del Organismo Judicial Republica de Guatemala - extension of suspended activities of jurisdictional and administrative bodies.

Politica Preventiva de la Seguridad Social en Guatemala – establishes guidelines for the identification of occupational risks caused by covid-19 and preventive measures at work places.

11 May

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala - Presidency of the Republic establishes new provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

4 May

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala – Presidency of Republic establishes provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

29 April

Decreto Gubernativo 8-2020 - extends calamity status and provides Ministry of Economy with regulatory instrument to grant funds for employment protection.

27 April

Disposiciones Presidenciales Semana - Presidency of Republic establishes provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance.

24 April

Resolución Junta Monetaria 42-2020 – establishes the minimum guidelines that banks, financial companies, off-shore entities and companies specialised in financial services that are part of a financial group must comply to manage technological risk.

21 April

Acuerdo Ministerial MINTRAB 160-2020 – establishes that it is the function of the Ministry of Labour to direct, process, resolve and inspect all the businesses related to its ministry.

Acuerdo Ministerial MINTRAB 159-2020 – defers the payment of the recreation tax established in article 12 of decree 1528 amended by article 2 of decree 43-92.

20 April

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala - deferral of payment of employer fees.

17 April

Acuerdo Gubernativo MINECO 58-2020 - regulations to grant employment protection fund.

15 April

Acuerdo Ministerial MEM 114-2020 – Ministry of Energy and Mines in accordance with the new presidential provisions in case of public calamity, orders for strict compliance.

12 April

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala – extension of quarantine measures.

8 April

Decreto 13-2020 – establishes measures to compensate and mitigate the economic crisis derived form covid-19 pandemic.

7 April

Acuerdo Ministerial 140-2020 – enabling digital processes to register, control and authorize suspension of labour contracts.

4 April

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala – extension of quarantine measures.

1 April

Decreto 9-2020/Decree 9-2020 – state of emergency for another 30 days

Decreto 10-2020/Decree 10-2020 – approval to enter negotiations with International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a loan of up to US$200 million

Decreto 11-2020/Decree 11-2020 – approval to enter negotiations with the Inter-American Development Bank for a loan of up to US$250 million

Decreto 12-2020/Decree 12-2020 – approval of several measure to mitigate the effects of covid-19, including price monitoring of essential goods and to prevent hoarding.

29 March

Acuerdo MEM 108-2020/MEM Agreement 108-2020  – Measures to guarantee production of power as well as import, export, transport and commercialisation of oil

Disposiciones Presidenciales Guatemala – Various measures putting hygiene and cleaning protocols in place, closing of companies in the public and private sectors except for essential businesses.

27 March

Disposición Plazos Organismo Judicial – suspends judicial activities between 1 and 7 of April except for certain activities.

24 March

Decreto Gubernativo 7-2020 – Extends the state of emergency for 30 days.

Resolución SAT-DSI-280-2020 - Deferral of tax deadlines.

23 March

Ministerial Agreement MEM 107 – working guidelines for companies in the power, energy and mining sectors to maintain operations as deemed essential.

Monetary Board Resolution-32establishes measures to mitigate the financial impact of covid-19, considering loan agreements and interest payments among other things.   

21 March

Mensaje del gabinete presidencial - message from the presidential cabinet  

Disposiciónes Presidenciales en caso de calamidad pública y órdenes para el estricto cumplimiento - Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance

Decreto Gubernativo 6-2020 - Governmental decree 6-2020

16 March

Disposiciónes Presidenciales en caso de calamidad pública y órdenes para el estricto cumplimiento - Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance

Mensaje presidencia de Guatemala – presidential message

Autorización para operación de empresas - authorisation of business operations

Autorización operación de transporte del personal de empresas  - authorisation of transport operation for company personnel

5 March

Decreto Gubernativo 5-2020 - Governmental decree 5-2020

6 February

Requerimientos para uso de equipos de protección personal (EPP) para el nuevo coronavirus (2019-nCoV) en establecimientos de salud - Requirements for the use of personal protective equipment for the new coronavirus in health facilities

Reglamento Sanitario - Sanitary regulations