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Ecuador 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 Beccar Varela, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos and Claro & Cía; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; 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.

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8 May

Resolution No. 004-CCE-PLE-2020 – Constitutional Court establishes new measures in context of covid-19 health emergency.

3 May

Ministerial Agreement MDT-2020-094 – establishes the guidelines for the return to the face-to-face work of the public service.

24 April

Resolution N 029 DIGERCIC-CGAJ-DPyN-2020 – extends expiration of validity of identity card.

23 April

Resolution No. Arcotel-2020-0124 - suspends terms and deadlines that have been running at the telecommunications agency  Arcotel since 17 March.

22 April

Official Letter SENAE-DSG-2020-0065-OF – extension of the terms established in Resolutions of the National Customs Service of Ecuador until 30 April 2020.

20 April

Resolution No. NAC-DGERCGC20-00000024 – suspends the terms of the tax administrative processes and statutes of limitation of the collection action from 01 April to 05 April 2020.

Resolution No. NAC-DGERCGC20-00000023 – establishes the special regulations for receiving documents through electronic means and their internal management at the Internal Revenue Service.

10 April

Ministerial Decree No. MDT-2020-081 - amended guide to employer compliance.

9 April

Resolution No. SENAE-SENAE-2020-0022-RE - suspension of certain processes and terms related to customs, including office closures, is extended until April 30, 2020.

SRI Resolution No. NAC-DGERCGC20-00000028 - suspension of deadlines for administrative proceedings is extended to April 30, 2020.

Council of the Judiciary Resolution 035-2020 - partial reopening of notaries.

6 April

IESS – guide for classifying covid-19 as an occupational accident.

3 April 

EE479_20200403 – establishes reforms in various revenue services. 

Resoluciones SB-2020-496 y SB-2020-497 – financial sector entities to implement a management plan for emergencies and the suspension of deadlines in processes involving the Superintendence of Banks.  

Resolución N ARCH-ARCH-2020-0068-RES – suspension of deadlines in the regulation agency and hydrocarbon control matrix. 

2 April 

Resolución NAC-DGERCGC20-00000026 – establishes temporary suspension in tax payments. 

31 March 

Acuerdo Ministerio Telecomunicaciones y Sociedad de la Información EE473_20200331 – issues guidelines on provisions and access to telecommunication services during state of national health emergency. 

28 March

Ministerial Decree No. MDT-2020-080 - amendments to previous the emergency measures relating to the working place, suspension and reduction of working hours.

27 March 

Resolución N 569-2020-F - deferral of credit obligations. 

Decreto Ejecutivo 1021 – establishes temporary regulations concerning payment of national taxes. 

Ministerial Decree No. 0035 - extension of immigration deadlines.

22 March

Resolución ARCOTEL No. 2020-0133 – mobile networks banned from suspending services of phone and internet access for those who cannot pay for them because of covid-19.

Guidelines released for the protection of workers and public servants against covid-19 in workspaces.

Decreto 1019 – province of Guayas established as a special security zone.

19 March

Dictamen de la Corte Constitucional No. 1-20-EE/20 – presidential announcement on the constitutionality of the state of emergency.

17 March

ACUERDO-MINISTERIAL_MTOP_011-2020 – free movement banned.

Resolución Consejo de la Judicatura No. 031-2020 – courts suspended.

16 March

Decreto 1017 – restrictions on free movement, association and assembly are announced.

Acuerdo Inter Ministerial 4 – new measures on preventive isolation and restriction of entry to Ecuador.

Resolución MDT-2020-009 – suspension of hearings, terms and deadlines by the Ministry of Labour.

Resolución No. SCVS-INPAI-2020-00002712 – suspension of usual T&Cs by the Superintendence of Companies, Securities and Insurance.

Resolución No. SCVS-INPAI-2020-00002715 30-day extension to any claims and information submitted to the Superintendence of Companies, Securities and Insurance.

Resolución No. SCPM-DS-2020-14 – suspension of usual T&Cs by the Superintendence of Market Power Control.

Resolución No. NAC-DGERCGC20-00000022 – suspension of usual T&Cs for tax proceedings and tax collection from 16 March to 31 March.

Resolución No. SENAE-SENAE-2020-0016-RE suspension of usual T&Cs for tax administrative processes by Ecuador’s National Customs Service.

Resolución Corte Nacional de Justicia No.04-2020 – postponement of judicial processes, except urgent cases during state of emergency.

ACUERDO Nro. MINEDUC-MINEDUC-2020-00015 Ministry of Education suspends deadlines and terms of current administrative processes from 17 March to 5 April.

15 March

Acuerdo Ministerial-MDT-2020-077 guidelines released for the reduction, modification or emergency suspension of working hours.

14 March

Acuerdo Inter Ministerial 3 – restriction of entry into Ecuador

Resolución Consejo de la Judicatura No. 029-2020 – modifications made to judicial schedule due to state of emergency.

Resolución Consejo de la Judicatura No. 030-2020 – temporary suspension of judicial disciplinary procedures.

13 March

Acuerdo Inter Ministerial 2 – preventative isolation period is extended. 

Resolución No. UAFE-DG-2020-0055 – suspension of operations of companies worth over US$10,000 and any transactions over that until further notice.

12 March

Acuerdo No. 00126-2020 – Ministry of Health declares state of emergency.

Acuerdo Inter Ministerial 1 mandatory isolation for those entering Ecuador.

Acuerdo Ministerial-MDT-2020-076 – emergency announcement by the Home Office.

ACUERDO Nro. MINEDUC-MINEDUC-2020-00014-A – closure of schools and classes until 5 April.

3 April 

 

EE479_20200403 – establishes reforms in various revenue services. 

 

Resoluciones SB-2020-496 y SB-2020-497 – financial sector entities to implement a management plan for emergencies and the suspension of deadlines in processes involving the Superintendence of Banks.  

 

Resolución N ARCH-ARCH-2020-0068-RES – suspension of deadlines in the regulation agency and hydrocarbon control matrix. 

 

2 April 

 

Resolución NAC-DGERCGC20-00000026 – establishes temporary suspension in tax payments. 

 

31 March 

 

Acuerdo Ministerio Telecomunicaciones y Sociedad de la Información EE473_20200331 – issues guidelines on provisions and access to telecommunication services during state of national health emergency. 

 

27 March 

 

Resolución N 569-2020-F - deferral of credit obligations. 

 

Decreto Ejecutivo 1021 – establishes temporary regulations concerning payment of national taxes.