Friday, May 29, 2020

Mexico allows the return of automotive, construction and mining activities

The General Health Council announced 4 agreements for the progressive lifting of containment measures against COVID-19. The General Health Council reported on Tuesday that the construction, mining and manufacturing of transportation equipment will be added to the list of essential activities, thus allowing them to return to their activities. In its Twitter account, the Council indicated that it approved four agreements for the progressive lifting of containment measures against COVID-19.

The four agreements reached by the General Health Council on Tuesday are: 1.- The construction, mining and manufacture of transport equipment are included in the list of essential activities. 2.- Restrictions are released for school and work activities in non-contagious municipalities that have neighborhoods with also contagious-free municipalities. 3.- All companies and establishments will apply sanitary measures on a mandatory basis in the workplace, which will be issued by the Ministry of Health, the IMSS and the Ministry of Labor. 4.- As of June 1, 2020, the Ministry of Health will define a weekly traffic light for each state. Each color will allow certain economic, educational and social activities with specific intensity levels.

Since May 3, some US automakers began producing vehicles even under the sanitary emergency by COVID-19, but specialists and industry leaders consulted by El Financiero pointed out that, if Mexican auto parts do not return to work, this it will limit the carmakers in the United States. The Government of Mexico decreed a health emergency due to force majeure in late March, so non-essential activities were suspended from March 30 to April 30 due to the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

In March, the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, released the list of essential activities: -Financial sectors and that of tax collection, that is, the Tax Administration Service (SAT). -Distribution and sale of energy, gas stations and gas. -Generation and distribution of drinking water. -Food and non-alcoholic beverages industry, food markets, supermarkets, self-service stores, grocery and prepared food sales. -Passenger and cargo transportation services. -Agricultural, fishing and livestock production, agro-industry, chemistry. -Cleaning products, hardware stores, courier services, guards in private security tasks. -Nurseries and nurseries (in support of workers in essential sectors). -Asylums and stays for the elderly, shelters and support centers for women victims of violence, as well as for their daughters and sons. -Telecommunications, information services. -Private emergency services, funeral and burial services. -Storage and cold chain of essential supplies. -Logistics (includes airports, ports and railways). In Mexico there are 3,926 deaths from coronaviruses and 38,332 confirmed cases, according to data from the Ministry of Health presented this Tuesday. With information from Axel Sánchez

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