Jalisco has loosened many restrictions over the past month, despite falling into the federal government’s “red,” highest-risk Covid-19 infection category (as per the national traffic light monitoring system). What does this mean in reality?
According to Hugo Lopez Gatell, hotels (with room service only), parks, squares and other public spaces in “red zone” states may open but with a 25-percent capacity. Markets and supermarkets are limited to 50-percent capacity and visits by one person per family only. Red state closures include gyms, swimming pools, sports centers, spas, shopping malls, cinemas, theaters, museums, churches, amusement parks, spas, fairs, nightclubs, meeting rooms and cultural and social events.
While Jalisco has concurred with some of these restrictions, the state has gone its own way regarding others. For example, it has allowed malls to open on weekdays, as well as churches to hold services, albeit with a reduced congregation. And social events for up to 50 people are also permitted in Jalisco, despite being prohibited in the federal guidelines.