Jocotepec to come alive again in mid-May
Authorities will loosen quarantine rules but asks citizens to act responsibly to prevent possible infections that will restart the quarantine for
In street markets and markets, it was observed that citizens have «let their guard down».
Miguel Cerna.- One more week. Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez will announce the process for reopening the economy and restarting activities in the municipality next week between May 15 and 17. In the meantime municipal leaders are asking citizens not to relax sanitary security measures.
It is as a «light of hope» said Municipal President, José Miguel Gómez López, who saw the promised reopening of non-essential businesses and those mainly affected by the coronavirus pandemic as a very positive sign.
«We already have a clear notice, he said, “that between May 15 to 17 the governor will communicate how the reopening of businesses will proceed gradually and the strategies to help them accelerate the recovery”.
However, after the Municipal President’s May 6 announcement many Jocotepec citizens interpreted the message as a relaxation to health measures such as the use of mouth masks that has been mandatory in the state since April 19. A tour by Seminario Laguna through the Municipal Market and the Thursday market revealed a large number of people in public spaces, most of them without masks. President Gómez López asked the emergency units to maintain their efforts and to request people to stay at home and, if they must go out, restrict travels to one person per family who always wears a face mask.
«I just want to tell people to continue resisting the virus, keeping themselves and their families inside until the 15th of May. If we manage to get through the month without a new coronavirus problem, surely this will be very good news”, he added.
As of the May 7 data collection, Jocotepec did not register any positive cases of Covid-19, while 22 suspicion cases were dismissed. The neighboring municipalities of Chapala and Tuxcueca have also not registered any cases, so the reactivation of activities can take place more quickly. However, Health Region IV Director Ramiro Gil Pérez clarified that this does not mean that the problem is about to end, but rather that – gradually – some of the activities that were suspended to prevent the spread of the pandemic may be resumed.
He considered it premature to speak of a 100 percent return to normal activities in either the economy or in public life, so he asked citizens not to let their guard down. He exhorted them to continue implementing protection mechanisms from home, warning that the quarantine could be restarted if people acted irresponsibly.
“We are not afraid that (the economy) will be reactivated, we are afraid that the population will not abide by the necessary precautions that are a priority while we are in Phase 3 of the pandemic. Our fear is that that people and businesses community do not have the capacity for the needed restraints”, Director Gil Pérez said.
Public spaces such as the main square, sports fields and piers will remain closed at least until May 15. The State Government will announce their reopening when data on the presence of Covid-19 indicate that it is safe. (translated by Patrick O’Heffernan)
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