Fear over a potential third wave of the CCP virus, particularly the Omicron variant, is the impetus behind the decision.
Castillo took office on July 28.
"We're not allowed to visit family or have a meal together. How is it the holidays?" Lima resident Victoria Calderon told The Epoch Times.
Regarding the ordinance, Calderon thinks it's too much to ask of the Peruvian people.
"You're not allowed to set foot outside your home [on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1], even if you're fully vaccinated," she said.
"It has been two years now we can't celebrate [in groups] or be together with our families on Christmas," Calderon said.
Driving a car during curfew hours means that police can take away the vehicle and driver's license, as well as issue a financial penalty of $1,590.
Likewise, social, recreational, cultural, or religious activities that draw a "crowd" will earn participants a $100 fine.
And while some residents are feeling the pinch of restricted access to their families for the holidays, others are more worried about the employment aspect of the ordinance.
"We're talking about losing your job if you don't meet the requirement of fully vaccinated," Trujillo, Peru, resident Benjamin Leon told The Epoch Times.
Leon said the order considers a full CCP virus vaccination schedule to be three shots—including the booster dose—unless you were originally inoculated with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but that's subject to change with little notice.
"I could be at work, have my three shots, and then randomly have my boss ask for proof of a fourth dose. If I can't produce it [the proof], I'll be terminated," he said.
"Nothing about this holiday feels joyous," Calderon said.