News for Mexico’s COVID-19 Traffic Light Monitoring System

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The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico has declined significantly in recent weeks, enough for the federal government to lift all restrictions on social and business activities in nine states. As part of Mexico’s four-tier COVID-19 traffic light monitoring system, these nine states have “green light” status, the only unrestricted status. Because the pandemic is ongoing, health officials in Mexico have continued to urge people to reduce the risk of infection by complying with government guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

The color-coded system, which is updated every two weeks, was introduced in June 2020 and is used to alert residents to the epidemiological risks of COVID-19 and to provide advice on restrictions on certain activities in each of the States of the country.

Signs of the pandemic in Mexico are waning elsewhere as well, with 22 states in yellow traffic light status (all activities permitted with precautionary measures to prevent infection in people at high risk) and just one state – Baja California – with orange status (high risk areas). No state operates under red light status (only essential activities are permitted).

The federal government reported that as of October 6, 2021, nearly three-quarters (72%) of the country’s residents aged 18 or older had been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the federal government has not clarified the percentage of people with complete immunization schedules.

Below is a map for the period October 4-17, 2021, showing the level of COVID-19 risk in each of the states and the capital.

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. . Some states may assign a different statewide or region-wide traffic light status, issue updates more frequently, or otherwise change the federal traffic light system. Baja California, for example, has designated itself as yellow status, rather than the orange status designated by the federal government. Its southern neighbor, Baja California Sur, is considered by the federal government to be in green status, but it takes a more cautious approach by designating Comondú and Loreto in orange status, and Mulegé, La Paz and Los Cabos in yellow status. .

The federal government also highlighted the states with the “most visited destinations in Mexico.”

Mexico City remains on amber light

Mexico City, in the metropolitan area where nearly a fifth of the country’s population lives, remains in yellow status, where it has been since the end of June 2021, according to the Mexico City Monitoring Committee. The committee also determined that private corporate offices can operate with a maximum capacity of 80 percent of their workforce in accordance with Mexico City’s industry-specific health protection guidelines. The guidelines require employers to administer at their own expense, and on a weekly basis, rapid antigen tests or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for detection of the SARS-CoV virus. 2, 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 in the workplace. Authorities can impose fines on employers who fail to comply with health and safety measures. Non-compliant employers may also be subject to 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.Revue nationale de droit, volume XI, number 285

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