Venezuelans Given Fridays Off To Ease Blackouts

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:07 PM

The president also urges people to rescue electricity by drying attire on a line and allowing their hair to dry naturally.

Venezuelans Given Fridays Off To Ease Blackouts

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has declared that every Friday for the following two months will be a national holiday, meaning workers will have the day off.

In an appearance on state television on Wednesday night, Maduro told the pop that the scheme would start this Friday and latest until six June.

It's not immediately clear whether the measure will only apply to public sector workers or if it'll prolong to all those employed in the country.

The reduction in working hours is hoped to relieve pressure on Venezuela’s beleaguered energy network, which has been hit by repeated blackouts in recent months.

Venezuela relies on hydropower for sixty percent of its electricity generation and a severe drought, alongside what some declare is a lack of investment in infrastructure due to populist policies of low energy prices, has brought the system to the edge of failing.

The announcement is just the latest in a series of measures designed to alleviate the crisis.

Latest mo Maduro announced an extension to the country’s Easter holiday, giving the pop an additional three days off work, and he's also shortened working hours for state employees by over three hours.

The Venezuelan government is expected to publish a full 60-day energy map on Thursday, setting out the fine print of the four-day working scheme as well as wider measures intended to assistance keep an finish to the blackouts.

In his Wednesday address, Maduro also appealed to the pop to utilize less power in their everyday lives, urging them to dry attire on a line and authorize their hair to dry naturally rather than using hairdryers.

"I always think a woman looks better when she just runs her fingers through her hair and lets it dry naturally," he said.

"It'south just an idea I have."

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