Governor Alfaro held a Covid-19 press update today, 14 Jun 2021. Some restrictions previously in effect are being relaxed, and these may affect you as you head out and about, hence my update.
For specifics regarding changes to occupancy and hours of operation for social gatherings, venues, and restaurant/bar occupancy, scroll to the bottom, where this appears in bold red.
With input from Fernando Petersen (Scty of Health), Bárbara Casillas (Social Development), and Alejandro Guzmán Larralde (Economic Growth and Development) and the members of the Jalisco State Board of Health, which will continue to meet as long as needed, the following walk-through announced today by the Governor summarizes changes in our state’s handling of Covid protocols.
These protocols will change given changes in Covid across the state of Jalisco. We have improved and made advances against Covid; however, we are not out of the woods; we cannot relax prevention methods but, accordingly, we are updating the following regarding public activities, schooling and back-to-work protocols to make forward steps in the Economic Reactivation of our state. The changes updated today with be vigorously monitored by local municipalities, which are charged with their enforcement.
We are a bit worried how in some countries and cities both north and south of our borders are showing new waves or outbreaks of Covid; we insist that the we have more road to cover and we need to be aware of what is happening in other parts of the country of Mexico as well. In August and October we will have updates to see whether we can continue as presented today, or whether changes have to be made.
In the 4 categories in which the semáforo system is based, comparing Jan 2021 to June 2021:
Active daily cases decreased from 1897 in January down to 83 recorded in June
Confirmed active cases 8730 down to 838
Rate of positivity 35.59% down to 2.9%
Hospitalization 58.4% down to 8.3%
2,530,455 total doses received in 24 deliveries since 24 January 2021.
1,943,559 vaccinations have been applied applied. Of them: 46% are Pfizer; 15% CanSino; 26% AstraZeneca and 13% Sinovac
80% of people 65+ have received full doses across the state
Age 50-59 received first dose in 125 municipalities
Special pops (health (80%), education (93%), preggers, paramedics and public safety are being vaccinated)
The semáforo system shows our current federal levels thru 22 June 21: 0 red states, 4 orange, 9 yellow, 19 green (including Jalisco; we’ve been green for 6 weeks)
Hospital reconversion has started to return to previous hospital use and beds to pre-Covid usage
NEW MEASURES ANNOUNCED TODAY: 4 Themes
* Resilience and health education
* Treatment and medical attention
* Economic and social responsibility
* Follow-up and reinforcement of the National Vaccination Initiative
Vulnerable groups (60+, preggers, preexisting conditions): can return to their normal work activities after 14 days post-second vaccine; IF YOU REFUSED AN AVAILABLE VACCINE, you must also return to work, since it was your choice not to vaccinate.
The following changes across the state of Jalisco go into effect as soon as they are published officially in the state daily diary later today, as required by law. EACH OF THESE IS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY LOCAL MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES and for each venue as subject to their licensing.
CULTURE ACTIVITIES: Occupancy can increase from 50% to 75% in Jalisco. This includes for movies, theaters, and centers; Museums, galleries, cultural centers, remunerative and cultural activities; Workshops and artistic academies; religious worship (note that processions and that type of religious extracurricular activity must be approved on an individual basis by the state health organization.)
GROUP RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Urban forests, parks and public spaces, including those that were previously closed can increase from 50% to 75% occupancy; large general events go from 300 to 600 person capacity; tourist or passenger trains are to 65% capacity.
SPORTS: Soccer fields up from 50% to 60%; water parks, gyms, sports clubs, physical activity academies and sports centers increase from 50% to 75%
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: In-person schooling was suspended thru the end of the 20-21 academic year; now to follow academic and evaluation recommendations with support activities open; daycares can now enroll children of any age (previously age 4+)
ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES: Economic events and expos held indoors: from 200 to up to 300 people maximum with density of one person per 4m2; open-area from 300 to a maximum 600 people, one person per 2.5m2 so long as we continue to follow sanitary distance and other restrictions. EXPO CENTERS increase to a maximum daily occupancy of up to 3000 (simultaneous) visitors with a daily maximum of 6,000 persons so long as the venue is greater than 10,000 sq m in size. The health mesa will determine additional restrictions as needed.
BARS, RESTAURANTS, EVENT CENTERS: Bars add an additional hour; they can stay open till from 11 pm to 4 am; restaurants can now stay open until 1 am (up from midnight) and event centers can increase from a 5-hour event to a 6-hour event.
COMMERCIAL OCCUPANCY: Commercial services and establishments, restaurants, self-service, department stores and commercial establishments can increase occupancy from 50% to 75% and up to max occupancy of 500 people (70% up to 1000 people in area greater than 4000 sq m); hotels and motels increase to 80%; bars and dive bars increase to 40% from 35%; casinos go up from 40% to 60% of total occupancy. Per-table occupancy in restaurants increases to 8; in bars to a max of 10 people per table. In-store dressing/changing rooms can reopen; seating in movies, stadiums, theaters, arenas increases to a 3 seats occupied/2 vacant configuration, from 1-1. The sanitary filters will be modified (no detail/explanation…wait for update tomorrow.) Some business Covid-registrations (for example, for Covid-compliant businesses) are terminated.
Bars, dive-bars and casinos: it is reported that several of these across the state are not complying with the current guidelines and the state Board of Health is considering restricting/closing them for non-compliance.
These updated protocols and prevention methods will be available to view online as of tomorrow, 15 June 2021 at reactivacioneconomica.jalisco.gob.mx