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Guatemala Constitutional Court Cancels 2 Tourism Public Holidays

Source: Diario de Centro América (Diario público de Guatemala)
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: April 22, 2022

Guatemala's Constitutional Court has issued a ruling removing the May 1st and October 20 public holidays from the scope of the 2018 Law of Internal Tourism which mandated that public holidays falling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, should be moved to the working day immediately before or after the weekend.

The aforementioned ruling states that "changes will take effect one day after the sentence is published and that Congress must make the legislative reform so that on May 1 and October 20 they become offenders within the category of exceptions", and therefore immediately impacts the list of official 2020 Guatemala public holidays, as released last autumn (2019-11-17).

The 2018 Law of Internal Tourism (2018-10-11, 2018-09-26, 2018-08-09), is similar to the DECRETO NÚMERO 42-2010 ("Ley que promueve el Turismo Interno") (2010-11-16 and 2010-05-13), passed in 2010, which mandated that fixed-date public holidays falling on a Tuesday be moved to the previous Monday, while those falling on a Wednesday or Thursday, are to be moved to the following Friday ("los feriados que caigan martes se gozarán un día antes, y los que caigan miércoles o jueves pasarán al viernes"), with the exception that the 2010 decree did not cover weekend public holidays which remained unchanged under the terms of that decree ("los de sábado y domingo no cambian") (2010-11-16, 2010-05-13, 2009-01-21).

While the Law of Internal Tourism, and the Decreto 19-2018 implementing it, were not struck down by today's ruling, the addition of the May 1 and October 20 Guatemalan public holidays to that law's current list of exceptions (January 1, noon on Holy Wednesday, and on Thursday and Good Friday; on May 10, September 15, November 1, noon on December 24, December 25, noon on December 31), means that only one annual public holiday of Guatemala will still be covered by the Law of Internal Tourism, namely the June 30, Army Day public holiday.

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