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Chile Mulls 2021 Public Holidays Amendment

Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020

The Chilean members of parliament Renzo Trisotti (UDI) and José Miguel Castro (RN), have introduced a bill which would move all 2021 public holidays in Chile to either a Monday or a Friday ("trasladando todos los festivos de 2021 para los lunes o viernes. Con ello, aumentarían los fines de semana largos y, por consiguiente, estaríamos fomentando el turismo interno dentro de Chile potenciando las visitas a regiones que tienen un alto interés turístico, como Tarapacá, Coquimbo o Valparaíso").

The bill sponsors specify that "of the 15 holidays scheduled for next year, only seven fall on a Monday or Friday, so that if the bill is approved, automatically eight holidays would be celebrated on a business day, which is would translate into six additional long weekends" and go on to give specifics; "For example, Labor Day, which falls on Saturday, May 1, we could perfectly move it to Friday, April 30. For National Holidays, instead of keeping Saturday, September 18 as a holiday, we could also add Friday 17. Or the Christmas celebration, which is also a Saturday (December 25), we could establish a holiday on Friday, December 24".

If the aforementioned bill came to pass, then this would amend the list of 2021 public holidays in Chile, as announced a year ago (2019-10-04).

Recently (2020-07-18), Costa Rica gazetted Law No. 9875, which moves the remainder of 2020-2024 Costa Rican public holidays to adjoin a nearby weekend, and Uruguay is also considering similar measures (2020-05-08).

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