COVID-19 traffic light monitoring updates in Mexico at the end of November

All but one of Mexico’s 32 states have been authorized by the federal government to open for business and social affairs without restrictions under the national COVID-19 traffic light monitoring system – the highest number of ‘States that have been given the green light since the system was implemented in June 2020.

The only state operating with restrictions designated by the federal government is Baja California, which is in orange status, where the government classified it in the report from November 1 to 14, 2021. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19 , States in orange status restrict the number of workers authorized on the site to half of the normal capacity.

The four-tier surveillance system, which is updated every two weeks, is used to alert residents to the epidemiological risks of COVID-19 and provide advice on restrictions on certain activities in each of the country’s states. Below is a map for the period November 15, 2021 to November 28, 2021, showing the level of COVID-19 risk in each of the states and the capital.

Immunization rates are also increasing. As of November 9, 2021, 75,170,848 residents of Mexico who are at least 18 years old have been vaccinated, representing 84% of the country’s population. The federal government has not clarified the number of people who have been fully vaccinated.

This graph shows the traffic light status for each state and, if applicable, the variations between federal and local traffic light statuses based on publications from the Federal Department of Health and status reports provided by each state. . A few of the states appear to be taking a more cautious approach to returning to the “new normal”. Puebla, for example, has designated five of its six regions as yellow (medium risk) and maintains region 3, which includes the state capital, in orange status. Veracruz does not have zones in red or orange status, but it has designated more than 50 municipalities in yellow status.

Mexico: Prudently green

Pandemic conditions in the federal capital have continued to improve since late August 2021, when Mexico City was in orange status. The capital, in the metropolitan area where about 20 percent of the country’s population lives, went green in early November and remains there, according to the Mexico City Oversight Committee. But it appears the committee is proceeding with caution, as it has yet to update its guidelines for private company offices, indicating that the maximum on-site capacity is limited to 80% of the workforce, in accordance with industry-specific health protection guidelines. . The guidelines also require that employers perform at their own expense and on a weekly basis, rapid antigen tests or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, at least 20 percent. personnel working on the site.

Finally, the Institute of Administrative Verification, as well as other government authorities in Mexico City, will continue to visit companies to verify compliance with general and specific health measures for the protection of health at work. Employers found to be non-compliant with health and safety measures may be subject to a total or partial temporary suspension from work centers for up to 15 calendar days. Non-compliant employers may also be subject to other applicable penalties.

© 2021, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 328

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