Jocotepec’s fiestas patronales will continue unabated to their January 16 finale, despite the state ban on all such celebrations taking effect from January 14 to February 12, and a recent surge in coronavirus cases in that community.
On the other hand, the Chapala government has cancelled Ajijic’s January 20 Feast of Saint Sebastian festivities and Chapala’s February 8 through 11 celebrations honoring of Our Lady of Lourdes. All other state mandates will be followed likewise.
As of this week, 16 of the municipality’s employees tested positive for Covid-19, as did Heriberto García, the mayor of neighboring Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos.
Religious processions, concerts, firework displays and commercial activities have been drawing large crowds in Jocotepec since the Fiestas del Señor del Monte commenced on January 4, seven days before the Jalisco Board of Health announced new restrictions aimed at holding back the rising tide of SAR-CoV-2 infections.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ricardo Alvarado, director of Jocotepec’s municipal clinic, estimates that the daily number of new Covid-19 cases has tripled since the beginning of January.