Resolution No. 881 of the Ministry of Health

Resolution No. 881 of the Ministry of Health was published on October 22nd in the Official Gazette, which provides, firstly, that those who enter the country, regardless of the country of origin and the region of destination, must comply with the measure of quarantine for 14 days. However, those individuals who have a negative PCR test result are not obligated to maintain such quarantine.

Nevertheless, it is also established that said individuals with a negative result will be subject to a period of surveillance of travelers for the 14 days following their entry, within which the health authority may request, at any time, their travel history, the PCR test presented, and their health conditions.

The Resolution also establishes that, if the PCR test has been carried out abroad, it can only be presented to the health authority upon entering the country and cannot be older than 72 hours, since the time the sample was taken. Also, it establishes that the test must have been carried out by a laboratory recognized by the health authority of the place of origin.

On the other hand, in case the PCR test is performed in Chile, the person will be authorized to end the quarantine as of the reception of the result, for which he or she must comply with the instructions issued by the health authority in this regard.

In addition to the above, it is established that regardless of the performance or result of the PCR Test, those travelers whose destination is a different region from the one where they entered to Chile, may continue their trip during the first 24 hours after entering the country by public or private transportation, complying with all relevant sanitary measures.

Next, the Resolution provides that the performance of services, rites and ceremonies is authorized in the locations that are in Step 2, 3, 4 or 5. The above, subject to the following rules:

  • The services, rites or ceremonies may not exceed two hours in duration.
  • The maximum capacity of the spaces where the religious service, rite or ceremony is held, whether closed or open, may not exceed one person for every 4 useful square meters.
  • Other sanitary measures must be strictly complied with, depending on the location of the space where the service, rite or ceremony is held. Notwithstanding the above, funerals shall be governed by their own special rules.
  • Attendees must remain in a fixed location for the majority of the time of the activity.
  • No food or beverage is allowed.
  • Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph ii, the maximum capacity of the places where the services, rites and ceremonies are held, according to the corresponding Step, shall be as follows:
    • Step 2 – Transition: 10 people in a closed place and 20 people in an open place, except on weekends and holidays, when no services, rites or ceremonies are allowed.
    • Step 3 – Preparation: 50 people in a closed place and 100 people in an open place.
    • Step 4 – Initial Opening: 100 people in a closed place and 200 people in an open place.
    • Step 5 – Advanced Opening: 200 people indoors and 400 people outdoors.

Finally, the Resolution provides that the venues located in the communes in Step 2, 3, 4 or 5, are allowed to host more than one social and recreational event or activity simultaneously, as long as they have physical barriers that isolate the facilities of each event and separate entrances and exits are established. Finally, it is provided that each of the events will be subject to the maximum capacity mentioned above.