Mexico City Adjusts Pandemic Policies As People Flood The Streets

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 3:43pm
Mexico City's Mayor's Office
Mexico City's Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum wears a face mask at a press conference during the coronavirus pandemic.

MEXICO CITY — About a week ago, Mexico City’s government allowed certain small businesses, hotels, restaurants, hair salons and street markets to reopen with limited occupancy and hours. But many got too crowded, forcing the government to adjust some pandemic regulations. 

Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the limited return of some businesses and activities will continue, as data shows a significant drop in hospitalizations and infections.

But many areas in Mexico City, particularly downtown, have gotten overrun with visitors. Many businesses and customers didn’t follow the rules, like wearing face masks or limiting the number of patrons.

Sheinbaum said sanitary filters are placed to access the downtown area. Three local subway stations are closed, and people are allowed to enter the area on certain days depending on the first letter of their last name. Last names starting from A to L can enter Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while M to Z can go on any of the days left.

Shopping malls reopened on Wednesday with limited capacity and hours. And customers waited in long lines.

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