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Jalisco Loosens Covid-19 Protocols

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – After “staying in the green” on the Covid-19 Risk Traffic Light Map for six consecutive weeks, the Jalisco Board of Health on Monday unanimously approved adjustments and modifications to the health protocols for commercial, social and recreational activities, increasing the capacity of many spaces from 50 to 75%.

This means that shops, cultural centers, sports stadiums, places of worship, universities, and recreational and social spaces can now welcome more people, as long as the establishments keep preventive measures in force, and their visitors continue to follow health protocols such as wearing face masks in closed or crowded spaces, keeping a healthy distance, frequent hand washing and/or the application of antibacterial gel.

These changes, said Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, are feasible due to the low rates of coronavirus infections in the State, which is registering only 83 confirmed cases per day on average, compared to the more than 800 per day that were registered in June 2020; the decrease in hospitalizations with an 8.3 percent in bed occupancy, and positivity at 2.9 percent, numbers that have kept Jalisco on a green light in recent weeks, reducing the behavior of the pandemic in the state.

Alfaro Ramirez added that the pandemic has not ended and that whoever does not comply with the new measures as established in the new decree will be subject to legal sanctions and state and municipal penalties.

At the same time, the Governor asked the people of Jalisco to not lower their guard against the coronavirus, and urged everyone to get vaccinated when and where it’s available.

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR TOURISM & COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES

Hotels and motels move from 66 to 80 percent in their operating capacity.

Restaurants, cafes and food stalls go from 50 to 75 percent in their operating capacity.

Bars and clubs go from 33 to 40 percent in their operating capacity.

Casinos go from 40 to 60 percent in their operating capacity.

Commercial and service establishments go from 50 to 75 percent of operating capacity.

Self-service, department and convenience stores go from 50 (up to 300 people) to 75 percent (up to 500 people or a thousand in surfaces greater than 4000 m2) in their operating capacity.

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR SOCIAL & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
The adjustments in the state strategy against COVID-19 also establish that:

Cultural Spaces: Cinemas, theaters, forums, museums, galleries, cultural centers, recreational and cultural activities, workshops and academies may increase their operating capacity from 50 to 75 percent.

Religious Activities: Worship centers may increase their operating capacity from 50 to 75 percent, except for massive religious celebrations that will be subject to approval at the Board of Health.

Sports Spaces: Soccer fields, water parks, gyms, sports clubs, physical activity academies and sports facilities will be able to increase their operating capacity from 50 to 75 percent

Educational Spaces: Educational activities go from the suspension of face-to-face classes to a stage of academic accompaniment and face-to-face counseling in school campuses in the current school year (2020-2021) and progress is being made in the process of preparing face-to-face classes for the next school year; nurseries will operate without age restriction.

Outdoor Recreational Areas: Urban forests, parks and public spaces will be able to increase their operating capacity from 50 to 75 percent. The holding of events in general may go from 300 to 600 people, while the tourist or passenger train may operate at 65 percent of its capacity.

Events And Exhibitions: Social events sites may have up to 300 people in closed spaces and 600 in open spaces, while the convention centers may bring together up to 3000 people simultaneously, with a maximum of 6,000 people per day.

For her part, the General Strategic Social Development Coordinator, Anna Barbara Casillas, said that as part of the adjustments to the state strategy against COVID, hospitals are returning to normal operations in order to continue with the daily care of patients, but with the existence of areas reserved for the care of people with the coronavirus.

“We have to have resilience for education and health, today we all know how the virus is spread and the actions we need to take to prevent it. Another important factor is that we must continue to advance all medical care and treatment, and revitalize the economy with social responsibility.”

The Secretary of Health, Fernando Petersen, stressed that more than two million Jalisiences have already been vaccinated with their first or second doses, depending on the case, and that the Government of the Republic has made 24 deliveries of the vaccine to Jalisco.

“The first doses of the SARS Cov-2 vaccine were received in Jalisco on January 12, which is when we began applications. To date, 2,530,455 vaccines have been received, of which practically 2 million vaccines have already been applied. 24 deliveries have been received, 46 percent Pfizer; 15 percent CanSino, 26 percent AstraZeneca and 13 percent Sinovac,” Petersen said.

The General Strategic Coordinator of Growth and Economic Development, Ajandro Guzman Larralde, announced that in the decree that was published in the Official State Newspaper by the General Secretariat, the service hours of bars, restaurants and meeting rooms were extended by one hour.

Source: jalisco.gob.mx

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