Infrastructure Projects Essential By DecreeBy Pedro Alcalá | Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:10
While president López Obrador has been vocal about COVID-19 not stopping or even pausing his administration’s flagship projects, officially decreed exceptions announced last Sunday have now made his intentions clear.
According to a report from 24 Horas, the federal government has published an annex to the sanitary emergency agreement that specifies which activities and projects are to be considered essential to the economy and thus exempted from the requested shutdown of economic activity. First on the list are all companies dedicated to the production and supply of cement, steel and glass for the construction sector. Although cement producers had previously anticipated a mandate to stop all activities and had decided to cease production on their own last week, the federal government has now allowed them to continue working to a minimum degree to protect the construction industry’s 6 million jobs and 12,000 companies (according to a report from El Financiero).
Cement, steel and glass production and supply companies are to remain active particularly if they have open contracts in the construction of projects tied to the Dos Bocas refinery, the Santa Lucía airport, the Mayan Train and the Transisthmic Corridor. This also applies to any company with a contract tied to PEMEX or CFE.
Other activities mandated in this annex to continue operations include the production and transportation of coal, particularly companies tied to CFE, to guarantee the nation’s power supply throughout the shutdown.
Delivery, e-commerce and IT companies dedicated to the maintenance of public online infrastructure are also included in the exceptions, along with any company that describes its services as being involved in the maintenance and repair of all physical infrastructure. Companies that fit under these conditions and categories must contact the Ministry of Economy as soon as possible to report the total number of workers needed to continue operating.