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Social Distancing Until May 30 / Warning to Companies

By Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:02

Healthy distance measure extended through May 30. President López Obrador said most municipalities would resume normal activities, including schools, on May 17. The recommendation to maintain a healthy distance will last until May 30 for urban areas with the most COVID-19 cases. He said everything depends on whether or not people are following all recommendations and on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. The president said that the Ministry of Public Education will unveil the updated school calendar on Tuesday.

Ministry of Health recommendations. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell announced five recommendations to continue with the COVID-19 mitigation strategy, which will be formalized soon: 1) maintaining a healthy distance nationally until May 30; 2) ensuring full compliance with health safety measures; 3) regionalize the intensity of mitigation measures; 4) segment mobility across national territory; 5) keep all safety protocols in place after May 30 for higher risk groups. Regarding transmission, López-Gatell said it ranges from “most municipalities without cases, to some cities with higher transmission rates,” so the strategy to prevent further contagion should be regionalized and adapted to each zone.

López-Gatell warns companies. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said 15 percent of companies did not comply with the safety measures. As a result, the Ministry of Labor (STPS) will launch an investigation. “We are talking about health damage that can cost lives,” he said. President López Obrador lamented this situation and praised small companies. “Only 15 percent of companies are not following the contingency measures, and they are the big ones. Small companies are behaving well,” he said.

Companies paid SAT MX$15 billion. President López Obrador said that until yesterday big companies had paid SAT MX$15 billion of the MX$50 billion they owe. He pointed out that there is still resistance from some businesspeople to pay their taxes, so a civil or criminal process could be filed. The president insisted that corrupt practices from the past allowed massive tax evasion by big companies.



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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor