SANTIAGO, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chilean government said Tuesday health inspections will be stepped up on social distancing measures during national holiday celebrations on Sept. 18-20 to contain the spread of COVID-19.
"On pandemic issues, the health authorities have no restrictions," and inspectors will be able to enter private homes during the holiday and fine violators of the ban on large gatherings, Interior Minister Victor Perez told a press conference.
The Health Code "grants powers in times of pandemic to oversee compliance with measures imposed by the authorities," he said.
Residents in towns with dwindling cases will be granted a six-hour exit permit and be able to entertain a maximum of five guests at home or meet 10 others outdoors.
Meanwhile, people in towns under lockdown will not be able to leave their homes or invite visitors.
Chile has reported a total of 437,983 COVID-19 cases with 12,040 deaths since the start of the outbreak here. Enditem