Uruguay Plans To Start Moving Public Holidays Again
Source:Presidencia de la República (República Oriental del Uruguay)
Posted: Friday, May 8, 2020 Updated: Monday, July 27, 2020
Uruguay's Tourism Minister, Germán Cardoso, and its general director, Ignacio Curbelo, are promoting an economic stimulus package which would promote national tourism by moving all upcoming public holidays in Uruguay to either a Monday or a Friday, so that there is one long weekend per month in Uruguay.
Originally, Uruguay, as many other Latin American countries, followed the Emiliani Rule (2005-10-02), whereby mid-week public holidays are moved to adjoin a nearby weekend, to create long weekends, originally in an effort to make industry more productive, but as time went by, to stimulate internal tourism.
But, almost 20 years ago (2001-11-14), Uruguay's Parliament permanently froze the dates of the observance of the June 19 and November 2 public holidays, leaving only 3 movable public holidays in Uruguay: April 19 (Desembarco de los 33 Orientales), May 18 (Batalla de las Piedras), and October 12 (Descubrimiento de América). Then, a decade later, the Uruguayan Senate approved the Ley Nº 18.748 de 11/05/011, which also froze the date of the May 18 public holiday of Uruguay (2011-05-12, 2011-05-02 and 2010-10-21).
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