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The Mexican government began setting dates for reopening businesses in half the country next week, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The federal government announced that starting on June 15, half of Mexico’s 32 states can start limited reopenings of hotels and restaurants and broader reopenings of markets. For example, factories and hotels could resume operations if they implement safety measures.
The plan is based on a four-color scheme in which states with the worst conditions are colored red and those making progress are orange. States would eventually change to yellow and then green as conditions improved.
The states set to re-open are those that have falling rates of coronavirus hospitalizations, lower infection rates, and acceptable ratios of available hospital beds.
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Moreover, Mexico City published 10 basic rules for businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. People must wear PPE to entender any building or business.
2. Clean and disinfect all surfaces.
3. Enforce physical distancing measures, handwashing, and the use of hand sanitizer.
4. Natural ventilation.
5. Clear signs in doors, exits, and waiting lines.
6. Tiered working hours and says.
7. Allow vulnerable groups to stay at home, work from home, and respect their labor rights.
8. Install sanitary filters to identify COVID-19 symptoms; if a person has two or more symptoms, they cannot enter the building.
9. Companies with over 30 workers must test 5% of their employees every week.
10. If a person contracts the novel coronavirus, they must isolate themselves for two weeks, as well as their colleagues.