Last updateFri, 29 May 2020 1pm

Governor clarifies reopening ‘misunderstanding’

Phase Zero, the first stage of Jalisco’s gradual reopening of its economy, kicked in last Monday with the start of a two-week period for nonessential businesses to make preparations for opening their doors for the first time since mid-March.

Although confusing messages relayed by the state government caused many media outlets to believe the easing of restrictions would start on May 18, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro explained late last week that he had been misunderstood and that the “new normalcy” will begin on Monday, June 1 –  in line with federal policy.

Industries linked to vital supply chains can resume operations, working to 50 percent capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.  The rules will be stringent, and obligatory testing of employees for Covid-19 will be applied for all firms with more than 100 employees.

While commercial malls and busy shopping corridors will remain shuttered next month, the owners of thousands of small commercial operations across the state will get the chance to resume their livelihoods. To ensure that businesses follow the restrictions and guidelines put in place by the state government, all (regardless of their size) must apply for certification before they can reopen.

To register, business owners must go to sira.Jalisco.gob.mx, review the protocol corresponding to their business sector, sign a commitment letter and wait for the visit of an inspector for certification and issuance of a verification badge. Those who do not have internet access should go to their municipality’s economic promotion area.

The start date of the next, wider phase of reopening will depend on the progression of Covid-19 in Jalisco, state authorities say.

Masses are not permitted during Phase Zero but churches may open for prayer visits. Gyms, casinos, parks, sports clubs and bars will stay closed.

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