April 03, 20 - 12:48 pm - LABS

Peru and Panama will only allow men and women outside on separate days

Peru’s capital, Lima: Photo: Shutterstock

Peru and Panama both started a gender-based system of lockdown, limiting the times men and women can leave their homes in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The unusual measure rules aim to curb the number of people on the streets.

Men are granted leave from their homes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Women can go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Nobody will be allowed to leave home on Sunday.

“We have to get fewer people to be on the streets every day,” the Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra said in a virtual news conference with his cabinet of ministers and experts.