Decree whereby the overall Alarm Status is declared for attending the COVID-19 coronavirus health emergency.
May 14, 2020
Decree number 4.198 was published in Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela N° 6.535 Extraordinary, dated May 12, 2020 whereby the overall alarm status is declared for the purposes of allowing the Executive to adopt urgent, effective and necessary measures involving the protection and preservation of health of the Venezuelan population, and mitigating and eliminating epidemic risks of the COVID-19 coronavirus and any possible strands, ensuring thereby a timely, effective and efficient attention of the cases that may originate.
Amongst the measures that may be adopted by the Executive, as per the provisions contained in this Decree, are:
Additionally, the measures contained in Decree number 4.160 dated March 13, 2020 are hereby ratified, namely:
The Superintendency of Institutions of the Banking Sector (SUDEBAN) is ordered to establish the conditions for rendering public and private online banking services.
Next, the concurring measures established in the event of contagion or suspected contagion are hereby ratified and, security enforcement public agencies are authorized to conduct any necessary inspections to any establishment, individual or vehicle if there are grounds to suspect any breaches to the provisions contained in this decree.
The final provisions of this decree empower the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to issue other social, economic and health-related measures as deemed convenient in order to continue attending to the extraordinary and exceptional circumstance which is the subject matter of this decree.
Similarly, it is hereby ratified that the Public Administration at the national, state and municipal levels, both centralized and de-centralized, shall provide any support in connection with the measures and implement all applicable plans and protocols according to their competencies for the purposes of preventing and controlling this health-related event, under the coordination corresponding to the National Executive.
It is hereby reaffirmed that the suspension or interruption of an administrative procedure as a result of the activity suspension measures or of the circulation restrictions issued, may not be considered as a cause attributable to the interested party and it may not be alleged as cause for delay or tardiness in the compliance of the obligations of the public administration. In any case, upon the suspension or restriction override, the public administration must immediately resume the procedure.
Finally, this decree will be effective for 30 days, subject to extension for 30 additional days, until the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic illness and its potential strands containment is deemed adequate, and all contagion factors are duly controlled. This decree will come into full force and effect as of the date of publication in the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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