State of Mexico Strengthens COVID-19 RegulationsBy Pedro Alcalá | Wed, 03/25/2020 - 05:26
The daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Mexico this week has motivated federal and state governments to take a more active role in limiting activity in the retail sector. These actions are taking place in an effort to avoid gatherings of large crowds at stores and shopping centers. Perhaps one of the strictest measures was implemented by State of Mexico Governor Alfredo Del Mazo. As reported by El Financiero, Del Mazo has ordered the immediate closing until further notice of a large number of businesses and commercial spaces that include but are not limited to: cinemas, restaurants, gyms, bars, nightclubs, malls, department stores, libraries, theatres, museums, amusement parks and zoos. This measure will also apply to daycare centers. Del Mazo said that any retail business not focused on the sale of food or medicine will be subject to these measures.
Del Mazo requested that companies do not lay off workers and that families designate one member to shop for essential supplies, attend emergencies and go to work if it is essential. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has decided not to close malls and restaurants due to a lack of business in these establishments. Moreover, she considers these places empty enough to enforce the “safe distance” policy.
Following up yesterday’s reports of social media posts looking to incite the looting of stores in certain State of Mexico municipalities, a number of looting incidents have now been reported in Ecatepec, Tecamac and Tultitlan as reported by Excelsior. This has lead State of Mexico authorities to ramp up police presence in key localities, as stated by Ixtapaluca Public Security Commissioner Leonel Bastida. According to El Financiero, this move was mirrored in Mexico City, where 6,000 police officers and 2,000 vehicles from the Ministry of Citizen Security (SSC-CDMX) have already been mobilized to provide extra security to retail businesses.