Bogota restricts outings by gender, inclusive of trans people, during quarantine

by Reuters
Wednesday, 8 April 2020 16:59 GMT

An aerial view shows people queu outside a shopping mall amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bogota, Colombia April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

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BOGOTA, April 8 (Reuters) - Colombia's capital Bogota will restrict outings to buy supplies or carry out financial transactions by gender beginning Monday, the mayor's office said in a decree on Wednesday.

The Andean country is in the midst of a more than month-long lockdown meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus that is to run until April 27.

Bogota's mayor, Claudia Lopez, put the city under an obligatory quarantine drill last month, before the nationwide measures were announced.

From April 13 onward, women will be allowed out to shop for food, cleaning supplies and medications and to visit banks and notaries on even-numbered days. Men will be allowed out on odd-numbered ones.

"Transgender people will circulate in accordance with this established restriction according to their gender identity," the mayor's office said in the decree.

(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb and Carlos Vargas; editing by Jonathan Oatis)