Mexico COVID-19 Traffic Light Monitoring Updates End of November

All but one of Mexico’s 32 states have been authorized by the federal government to be open to business and social affairs with no restrictions under state law. COVID-19 traffic light monitoring system—the highest number of green-lighted states since the system was introduced in June 2020.

The only state that operates with federally designated restrictions is: Baja California, which is in orange status, where the government puts it in the report for November 1-14, 2021. To contain the spread of COVID-19, states with orange status are limiting the number of employees allowed on site to half the normal capacity.

The four-stage monitoring system, which is updated every other week, is used to alert residents to the epidemiological risks of COVID-19 and provide guidance on restrictions on certain activities in each of the country’s states. Below is a map for the period November 15, 2021 through November 28, 2021, indicating the level of COVID-19 risk in each of the states and the capital.

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

This graph presents each state’s traffic light status and, if applicable, variations between federal and local traffic light statuses based on Federal Department of Health publications and status reports provided by each state. A few states seem to be taking a more cautious approach to returning to the “new normal.” puebla, for example, has designated five of its six regions in yellow (medium risk) status and keeps region 3, which includes the state capital, in orange status. Veracruz has no areas in red or orange status, but has designated more than 50 municipalities in yellow status.

Mexico City: cautiously green

Pandemic conditions in the federal capital have continued to improve since then end of August 2021, when Mexico City had orange status. The capital — in the metropolitan area where about 20 percent of the country’s population lives — was granted green status in early November and will remain there, according to the Mexico City Monitoring Committee. But it appears that the committee is proceeding cautiously, as it has not yet updated its guidelines for private corporate offices, which indicates that the maximum capacity on site is limited to 80 percent of the workforce, in accordance with the industry-specific health protection guidelines. The guidelines also require employers to conduct rapid antigen or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests at their own expense and weekly for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in at least 20 percent of the population. staff working on site.

Finally, the Institute of Administrative Verification, together with other government agencies of Mexico City, will continue to visit companies to verify compliance with general and specific sanitary measures for the protection of health at work. Employers who are deemed not to comply with health and safety measures may be subject to partial or total suspension of 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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