Coronavirus Mexico City is still at the orange light: measures and restrictions

25/10/2020

Mexico City will continue to be in orange, with an alert, from the epidemiological traffic light, the following week (October 26 to November 1), since the number of positive cases of coronavirus continues to rise; also, hospitalization has increased, therefore the government announced it will toughen health measures.

Mexico City will remain one more week in orange, with an alert, of the epidemiological traffic light; therefore, measures will be implemented. Image: Undraw
Mexico City will remain one more week in orange, with an alert, of the epidemiological traffic light; therefore, measures will be implemented. Image: Undraw

"Between October 10 and 19 the capital went from 2,565 to 2,775, an average of 23 people hospitalized per day, on average and in the last three days, we are talking about Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this trend stopped at 2,769 people.

"We are not at the level of returning to the red light because we have less hospitalized than in May, but neither are we in a position to open new activities, we are on alert," said the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum.

Measures and restrictions in Mexico City

The president said in a press conference that since the number of positive cases of coronavirus is not decreasing and to avoid the increase of infections in the entity, she will have to take a series of measures such as verifying that the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs comply with the established schedule, capacity and sanitary measures.

She also reported that there will be no reopening of activities; as for the population, Sheinbaum asked to avoid meetings or concentrations with more than 10 people and to continue with the sanitary measures.

Rules to be followed by restaurants

If they are in open spaces, they can have a capacity of 40 percent. Otherwise, it will be only 30 percent.

Mandatory use of mouth guards and face masks for employees serving customers.

There can be no background music, as this causes people to speak at high volumes and saliva droplets to spread more frequently.

There will be sanitary filters at the entrance, to detect symptoms and take the temperature. This will also apply to suppliers. If the person's temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees Celsius, they will not be able to pass.

Tables should be set up in a zigzag pattern of five feet. If this is not possible, there should be physical barriers.

Natural ventilation is preferred. If artificial ventilation is available, it can only operate with 30 percent recirculation to the outside. Recirculation to the interior is prohibited.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the restaurant. There will be no smoking areas.

Menus must be posted on blackboards, posters, or boards attached to the wall. There will be no printed menus.

Constant use of anti-bacterial gel.

Electronic payment will be promoted to avoid physical contact with the use of cash.

Weekly testing of Covid-19 at 5 percent of staff, for businesses with 30 or more employees.

15 days off for people with a positive diagnosis.

No one can be fired for having a coronavirus,

Disinfection of surfaces 6 times a day or more.