Neither weddings nor house sales in Havana
HAVANA, June 15th As part of the new measures approved by the Havana authorities to stop the current outbreak of COVID-19,
Most of the offices that offer legal services to the population were closed.  From now on, these entities will only provide legal services related to deaths, births and other “exceptional procedures,” the local newspaper Tribuna de La Habana recently reported.

It is a temporary suspension, and not a ban, as clarified by the sector’s own authorities in response to rumors, comments and criticisms on social networks as a result of the measure, which pauses for the moment procedures usually demanded by the population.

Among these are the sale or donation of homes and land, the formalization of marriages and divorces, the issuance of certifications, the legalization of titles and the correction of errors or omissions, among others. In total, the work of 15 property registry offices, 13 marriage palaces and 31 notarial units was stopped, which must return to operation when sanitary conditions allow.


According to the Havana newspaper, only one notary will remain attending to situations considered “highly sensitive” in each municipality, while “exceptional cases” will be attended to in provincial institutions. Likewise, they will temporarily close 17 offices for procedures related to housing and another 15 for attention to the population, while the entities of housing investment, shelters and other emergencies will continue to exercise their functions.
Last week the authorities of the Cuban capital agreed to “reinforce” the measures that have been applied for months to stop the pandemic in the city, which registers the most complex epidemiological situation on the island. This reinforcement covers sectors such as public health, transport, commerce and gastronomy, and in many cases it consists of retaking or rigorously applying indications already in force in the city.
On the other hand, the increasingly high numbers of coronavirus infections in the central province of Villa Clara, forced local authorities to take measures similar to those of the Cuban capital to avoid crowds in service institutions that are not considered vital.
The main notary of that province, Elizabeth Alcázar, explained that in the coming weeks only cases initiated in advance, and those related to the imminent danger of death, inheritance or passport procedures with analysis and prior approval, will be attended, according to TeleCubanacán.
Ella Alcazar pointed out that criminal records and acts of last will can be requested electronically through the page of the Ministry of Justice.
Cuba is going through a third wave of COVID-19 that shows no signs of abating. In recent days, figures of more than 1,300 daily infections have been reported, while active cases exceeded 7,000 at the end of this Sunday, at a time when the authorities are promoting health interventions to immunize the population and reiterate a call for citizen responsibility to stop the transmission of the coronavirus. (ONCUBA)