Peru orders gender-based quarantine schedule


On April 2 Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra issued a controversial rule that men and women must observe quarantine on different days: men may leave their homes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while women may leave only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. No one is allowed out on Sundays. Some critics are concerned that the plan will lead to disproportionate harassment of LGBTQ+ people because the police are instructed to stop people based on gender presentation. The purpose, the president explained, was to ensure there are fewer people on the streets at any one time and to make it easier for security forces to enforce quarantine regulations. The only other country to take such an approach is Panama. 


Writer: Canela López 
Publication: Business Insider