Merchants asked to comply with health measures to avoid the «emergency button»
Store owners accepted the request without complaint.
Five tarpaulins were placed by the merchants on the Chapala boardwalk.
Manuel Jacobo (Chapala, Jalisco) – Tourists who visited Chapala during the last week of July when the malecón was opened were denounced by the President of Chapala, Moisés Alejandro Anaya Aguilar, for irresponsibly ignoring measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In view of this, the merchants on the boardwalk followed his subsequent recommendation willingly, putting up banners inviting respect for healthy distance and the use of mouth guards and masks. The municipality could close the shops that do not comply with the sanitary measures, an action possible in response to the announcement that the national epidemiological traffic lights will no longer be taken into account due to the emergency declaration in Jalisco.
Among the actions announced by the Mayor of Chapala on July 9th on social networks is the mandatory use of masks. He told merchants not to serve those who do not have it.
«We are going to reinforce the vigilance with our areas so that any business that does not comply with the sanitary measures will be closed; Wal-Mart, Soriana, if they do not attend these measures, they will be closed,» he said. He added that the same applies to Oxxo branches, vendors in the Chapala malecón, hotels which work at more than 50 percent of their capacity, and restaurants which serve more than 25 percent of capacity.
If the instructions issued by the state governor, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, are followed, it would be possible to avoid activating the «emergency button» – as the president has already threatened – under which everyone must be isolated for 14 days because the medical services are becoming overloaded. This would exclude medical personnel, public safety and Civil Protection and Firefighters.
As of the close of July 9, Chapala had registered 36 positive cases through the Radar Jalisco system, and 24 on the platform of the General Directorate of Epidemiology. Twenty of these had recovered, two had died and two were active. Of the two deaths caused by the new coronavirus, an 87-year-old man lost the battle with Covid on June 29 and a 77-year-old male on June 6, the first Covid-related death in Chapala. Translated by Patrick O’Heffernan