Executive Branch Declares State of Emergency in Ecuador
16 marzo 2020

On Monday, March 16, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno declared a State of Emergency  and a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Moreno explained that only the agricultural, livestock, health, banking and food industries will be able to continue operating. The state of emergency will last 60 days.

During the state of emergency, the president has the power to suspend freedom of assembly, order prior media censorship, move the seat of government, collect taxes in advance and mobilize the Armed Forces and the National Police, according to the Ecuadorian Constitution.

Moreno also established the “total suspension” of the physical working day in both public and private sectors as well as interprovincial transportation services and domestic flights for 14 days, in addition to limiting the circulation of private vehicles.