The General Secretariat of the Government of the State of Mexico reported on the protocols to be followed by the COVID-19 pandemic within the “Plan for the Safe Return”.
In the statement, addressed to mayors general, the Secretary General of the Government, Alejandro Ozuna Rivero, reiterated that "the health of Mexicans remains the priority", whereby reopening will be safe, gradual, and orderly.
The reopening will be coordinated with Mexico City and the entire Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico. Further, asked all the municipal presidents "to continue working for the health of families".
The "Plan for Safe Return" for economic, social, governmental, and educational activities, was announced by Ozuna Rivero and the state governor Alfredo del Mazo Maza.
The governor, Alfredo del Mazo, issued a message in which he said that the country is at the peak of the pandemic and that this will last a few days, so that the citizens must maintain efforts to mitigate the damage of the disease in the state so the state will not reactivate until infections and hospitalizations decrease.
"Having a plan does not mean we are already back from activities. Having a plan means that there is an order, that there is planning and that there is a strategy to be able to have a safe return when the time comes to do it, ”he stressed.
The governor reported that as long as infections and the number of hospitalized do not decrease, the State of Mexico will not resume activities. He pointed out that measures such as Sana Distancia, a mask, hand hygiene should be maintained, in addition to caring for people with cormobilities and the elderly.
The statement announced that "with absolute respect for municipal autonomy" reopening must follow all safety rules, and that the “Merit Agreement” with the proposed methodology for the return of activities was already shared with the mayors, “as well as the territorial criteria and the dimensions that are considered as fundamental elements for the reopening”.
Ozuna Rivero stated that the traffic light system is the means that will be taken into account to guide the gradual return based on three factors that will allow the colors to change: red, orange, yellow, and green. Factors vary by region, contribution to the economy, and level of existing health risk.
He noted that the traffic light will remain red until the Ministry of Health determines it, whereby only activities listed as essential are allowed. Public spaces remain closed and only cleaning and sanitation work is allowed.
The Secretary General of the Government asked all the mayors of the entity “to continue working for the health of Mexican families, and continue to face decisively the challenge of fighting this pandemic"
To resume activities, the state will be divided into four major regions, which have their own dynamics: the Valley of Mexico, with 59 municipalities bordering Mexico City; the Toluca Valley, with 22 municipalities; and the north and south of the entity, with 16 and 28 municipalities respectively.
"For its mobility, connectivity, activities and infrastructure, the pandemic behaves differently in each region. The return to activities must be according to the characteristics of each of the regions"Del Mazo specified in his speech.
The Mexican governor indicated that, in case it advances to the color orange, the high risk remains. Only some non-essential activities will be able to resume their work: manufacturing industries, shops, places of sale of food, lodging and shopping malls and squares, all with a maximum capacity of 30 percent.
In the yellow color, the intermediate risk phase, the activities of professional services, maintenance, mechanical workshops, beauty salons, laundries and non-entertainment services to the general public may operate with a maximum capacity of 60%, like those mentioned in the previous color.
The green color, the last one of the traffic light, will allow the opening of all activities, including entertainment and social coexistence. However, Del Mazo recalled that all activities should be done with a healthy distance and with hygiene measures that have been dealt with so far, like the use of face masks.
In the State of Mexico, safe mobility will be one of the priorities, so the use of mouth masks will continue to be mandatory in public transport and the units must take care of the percentage of occupation with respect to the color of the traffic light in which they are.
Cleaning and sanitation will be permanent and the "Hoy No Circula" program, which was implemented in coordination with the Mexican capital for all holograms, including zero and double zero in the Valley of Mexico and the Valley of Toluca, will be regularized when the traffic light is orange.
This Friday, 499 new cases and 187 deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the State of Mexico: the worst day of the epidemic so far.
Mexico City and the State of Mexico top the list of entities with the highest number of deaths by the SARS-CoV-2, informed the general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra. By contrast, Aguascalientes, Durango, and San Luis Potosí are the three with the lowest number of deaths.
At the cut of this May 22, add 6,989 deaths, 62,527 accumulated confirmed cases and 13,347 active infections of COVID-19, reaching a new record.
The official also reported that there are 113,742 negative cases and 33,801 are suspects, out of a total of 210,070 tests carried out up to this day 61 of the National Day of Healthy Distance.
Alomia noted that the health authorities still have 413,452 tests available to detect COVID-19, thanks to the fact that they recently received a new shipment that Mexico bought.
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