UPDATE - May 18, 2020, 10:15 am : A press release published on the Jalisco State Government website (jalisco.gob.mx) this morning confirmed that the reopening of economic activities in the state will be gradual, orderly and cautious, in accordance with the provisions of the Jalisco Plan for Economic Reactivation approved by the Interinstitutional Commission for Economic Reactivation of the State of Jalisco by which companies and businesses that wish to start their activities from June 1, must comply with the corresponding protocols, the official registration through official platforms (sira.jalisco.gob.mx), the application of tests in a random manner to its personnel and the obtaining of the Establishment Opening Badge that guarantees that it has complied with all the provisions set forth above.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña was among the 125 municipal presidents that participated in last week's video conference, in which State Secretary General Enrique Ibarra Pedroza explained the gradual return of economic activities in the State of Jalisco.
Under Phase 0 of the Jalisco Plan for Economic Reactivation, businesses in the supply, trade, and services sectors that were previously categorized as 'non-essential' will be allowed to resume operations starting May 18, 2020, complying with health protocols and operating at 50% capacity.
He indicated that on Monday supermarkets may resume the sales of previously restricted items, such as paints, electrical equipment, household appliances, books, household goods, sporting goods, fabrics, haberdashery, among other permitted products.
Small businesses and essential establishments that do not draw crowds, such as car, motorcycle and bicycle agencies; furniture, household appliances and electronics stores; and home-based businesses may also begin to implement the protocols for their opening. The commercial sector must comply with the allowed density restriction of 1 person per 7 square meters.
Economic activities offered by individuals may also resume under the Phase 0 protocols, including:
• Professional Services, like software and application development, product research and development, marketing and advertising agencies, accounting and tax advice;
• Specialized Services, such as handicrafts, sewing, carpentry, blacksmithing, aluminum and glass, and computer sales and repairs, etc.;
• Personal Services, such as plumbing, electricity, and household repairs, gardeners, beauty salons and aestheticians, who will operate by appointment only.
Other changes under Phase 0 of the Jalisco Plan for Economic Reactivation, include increased diner density protocols to 50 percent at restaurants and cafés; and hotels and motels may resume operations by keeping the common areas closed.
Gyms, spas, recreational and sports clubs will remain closed until 'Phase 1' of the Economic Reactivation Plan is initiated. Bars, cantinas, breweries and pubs with exclusive sales of alcoholic beverages will continue to be closed until 'Phase 2,' as will event & meeting rooms, casinos, recreational centers, spas and entertainment venues.
Noting that Puerto Vallarta is second in the number of infections and deaths by COVID 19 in the state of Jalisco, Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña asks the population not to relax prevention measures, since returning to normalcy in this tourist destination depends on our actions.
"We want to return to normality, and the solution to achieving this is in our hands. Together we have come a long way, and we must not relax prevention measures. I say this very clearly, returning to normalcy is up to each one of us, let's assume the responsibility that we have from our trenches," Dávalos Peña said.
Re-emphasizing that the danger has not passed, the Mayor stressed that social distancing protocols and the wearing of face masks in public spaces throughout the municipality are still compulsory.
He reiterated his call to stay at home, explaining that going out only for essential matters will reduce contagions and shorten the time of social isolation.