Chapala authorities are poised to apply the law about face masks and other Covid measures
Seniors and those considered vulnerable should stay home.
Manuel Jacobo (Chapala, Jal) .- On April 19, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez decreed the mandatory use of face masks and staying home except for essential activities. The Municipality of Chapala is enforcing this decree with local laws that require all people in Chapala to wear masks in public, including those working at essential jobs and those passing through the municipality.
To ensure that all passers-by in Chapala do not have a pretext for not using face masks, the City Council will provide three thousand face masks during the first week that will be given away at various points in the municipality. This the situation will be assessed next week to determine if it these are enough to comply with the decree of the Government of the State of Jalisco or if more will be required. In addition, police patrols will broadcast warnings and will continue surveillance throughout the municipality so that the measure is complied with by the inhabitants.
The measure dictated by the Governor and the provisions set forth in the General Health Law, empowers the City of Chapala as a health authority to participate in epidemiological surveillance and use the municipal police to be able to comply with the provisions.
The Municipal Trustee of Chapala, Isaac Alberto Trejo Gracián, indicated that current police training for Covid-19 teaches that warning the population will be a priority issue, and that officers should not hesitate to apply the law to citizens who are reluctant to comply. Police response can include a 36-hour arrest or a fine ranging from 860 pesos to 86 thousand pesos, depending on the case.
For his part, the Municipal President, Moisés Alejandro Anaya Aguilar, reaffirmed that there will be sanctions for those who do not wear face masks, saying that “anyone who has to go out to the street to carry out an essential activity, use public transport or go to buy medicine or any other activity must use the mouth mask ”reaffirmed the mayor.
Likewise, Trejo Gracián indicated that the compliance by the population of has improved markedly, falling from 19 arrests of citizens who disregarded sanitary measures to three arrests. Additionally, nonessential business warnings have decreased, although some people complained about not be able to make noise at night. However, public officials say that in general, the inhabitants of Chapala are largely complying with the provisions and hope that they will continue to improve.
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