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Guatemala Rules-Out September 14 Public Holiday

Source: Diario de Centro América (Diario público de Guatemala)
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Secretary of Social Communication of the Guatemalan Presidency, Francis Masek, has announced that President, Alejandro Giammattei, had rejected the requested move of the upcoming Independence Day public holiday from Tuesday, September 15, to Monday, September 14, 2020.

Today's announcement is partially in response to last week's request by the executive director of the Guatemalan Chamber of Tourism, Nancy Mejía, that the Guatemalan executive move the upcoming, September 15, public holiday to Monday, September 14, 2020, to extend the previous weekend (2020-08-27).

Apparently, in the meantime, the request to move the September 15 public holiday to September 14, had morphed into a request for an additional bridge public holiday, as, in his response, Secretary Masek stated that "the proposal was evaluated in the cabinet of ministers and after several analyzes it was concluded that it was not appropriate to give a holiday that was going to become four days".

The September 15, Independence Day, public holiday of Guatemala is not covered by the Decreto 19-2018 which mandates that the May 1st, June 30th and October 20th, annual public holidays, when falling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, should be moved to the working day immediately before or after the weekend.

The proposed move to September 14 of the annual September 15 public holiday of Guatemala would have amended the list of 2020 Guatemala public holidays, announced last autumn (2019-11-17).

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