May 18, 20 - 2:31 pm - LABS

Mexico begins implementing gradual return of activities

Mexico is performing a “gradual reopening” of its economy, starting this Monday, May 18. The country will reactivate its economic, social and educational activities by different areas and in a step-by-step manner, according to the number of positive cases of COVID-19, according to Milenio.

The first stage, beginning this Monday, includes the 269 least affected municipalities, where commercial activities may be resumed and schools may be reopened.

The next step, “in preparation for the general reopening”, will run from May 18 to 31 and will consist of implementing “protocols that must be followed to guarantee a safe return to activities”. This involves training workers and companies to prevent the spread of the virus.

The last phase will begin on June 1, and it will follow the logic of a traffic light applied to all states and municipalities. When red, only activities considered essential will be functioning – and those now include, in health and basic goods provision, construction and manufacturing of cars and mining equipment.

Gradually, until reaching the green light, other economic sectors and activities in public spaces and, finally, school classes will be added, but always maintaining physical distance and individual health care measures.

“There is already the light that indicates that we are going to leave the tunnel in which we were and in which we still find ourselves,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during the presentation of the plan with which Mexico will return “to the new normality.”

The strategy ultimately depends on regional authorities,  who may or may not follow federal guidelines.

Mexico registered its first three infections on February 28, and as of Monday it totaled 49,219 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,177 deaths. Mexico City and surrounding areas in the neighboring State of Mexico have been the most affected regions.