The mayor of Mexico City announced on Friday the Mexican capital will next week lift restraints on car traffic and public transport, and enable 340,000 factory works to get back to work, despite new cases of coronavirus are still climbing.
Mexico City and the nearby urban sprawl are home to more than 21 million people, and the region accounts for more than 40% of some 139,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country. On Friday Mexico reported a record of more than 5,000 new cases.
“We think next week the city can begin a process of very orderly transition,” said Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, noting there had been a slight drop in hospital occupancy rates and that the city’s contagion alert level was close to coming down a notch.
Curbs on vehicle traffic and public transport are due to be eased on Monday and factories will start opening on Tuesday under strict sanitary protections, the city government said.
On Thursday, small shops will have permission to reopen, while professional services and scientific workers linked to “industry” can go back as of Friday, it added.
If conditions are deemed suitable, street markets and the historic center of the city will reopen the week of June 22-28.