Mexico suspended on Wednesday the activities of the public, social and private sectors that involve concentration, transit or displacement of people, as part of the mitigation and risk control measures by COVID-19.
The suspension of activities has been published in the Official Gazette of the Federation and will be in effect until April 19, informed the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell.
The high official said that the measure does not “speak of avoiding the attendance at work centers of people at high risk” of contagion, such as adults over 65 years of age and pregnant women; and that “it is not exclusively for high-risk people”, but it operates for everyone, of any age, of any health condition.
He explained that the so-called healthy distance and this agreement with measures that complement each other despite having the perception that in some media and on social networks it is thought that it is only to protect those who stay at home, those at high risk.
López-Gatell added that the exception to this rule will be the activities that allow the operation to be maintained and the essential functions and critical functions of the official agencies, which will be decided by their owners.
He urged businessmen to join the measure responsibly and highlighted the scenario of some auto parts assembly firms that have announced and have already made technical stops.
On the possibility that the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, suspend his press conferences every morning from Monday to Friday, the undersecretary pointed out that an evaluation is currently being carried out whenever journalism is considered essential activity.
“We are doing an evaluation,” López-Gatell said, noting that modalities could be presented such as reducing the presence of reporters in the presidential conference room, which has been done for several days.
On March 23, Mexico declared the beginning of scenario 2 of the strategy against coronavirus, going from importing cases to community transmission of COVID-19.