“If you don’t take care of yourself we are going to lock you up before they lock us all up.” This was Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal’s message to city residents after a rise in COVID-19 infections and a switch back up from yellow to orange in Guanajuato State’s epidemiological traffic light.
The Head of Sanitary Jurisdiction II indicated that relaxed measures have led to up to a hundred cases in the past month, whereas transmission was previously slow. Currently, in the last eight more new cases. In light of these developments, the city decided to reverse the traffic light and close bars and restaurants at 10pm. To avoid business closures, job losses, deaths, infections, and lack of access to food, the city council has established measures and sanctions for those who endanger the health of the city.
“The next three months will be terrible in terms of infections and deaths. Remember that difficult days are coming,” Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal said.
Among others, the following measures and proposals were launched:
The March 2020 protocols will be fortified.
A 911 telephone line with a dedicated operator will be available to take reports on those who do not comply with the health regulations
Service until 10pm., doors close at 10:30pm
50 percent capacity in closed areas, up to 100 percent if there are up to 2 meters distance between clients
Menus will be digital or disposable
No more than 8 customers per table
Sanitation of common areas
Bar seating is prohibited without acrylic panels between service staff and clients
Up to 65 decibels from 8pm. to 10pm.
Sanctions will be economic and will include shutting down noncompliant establishments for a week
Dancing in establishments is prohibited
Masks should be used in restaurants and bars at all times, except when seated at a table
30 percent capacity
Barbers and beauty salons operate by appointment only
No waiting rooms
Dances, races, civic events, sports activities, etc., are prohibited
Parties or private meetings at home of over 20 people that generate a risk to public health are prohibited
Convention and wedding restrictions remain unchanged
Only merchants with permanent residence in San Miguel can operate
Food and street stand are for to-go service only
Anyone who violates the protocols will be arrested for up to 36 hours, and businesses, in addition to a fine, will have their Health First certificates withdrawn