In early June, Mexico introduced a four-colour ‘traffic light’ system to guide the gradual reopening of the country. As of the week commencing 31 August, only Colima is coded as red. There are 21 cities coded orange (including Mexico City) and 10 are coded yellow, which will allow the opening of gyms and sports clubs, among other activities.
A few weeks ago, Mexico City changed its pandemic ‘traffic light’ to orange. Restrictions on the use of cars and public transportation were lifted, small stores reopened, and the manufacturing industry went back to work on a four-day week (Monday through Thursday). Local markets are operating, although not at full capacity. New temporary hospital beds are also being established, which will help reduce the hospital's occupancy rate.
Hotels, restaurants and cinemas in Mexico City can now reopen at 30% and 40% capacity respectively, as well as religious services at 50% capacity. City residents are increasingly ignoring the official injunctions to stay at home, either because they cannot afford to or because they have simply grown tired of it.
The Mexico City government has announced plans to ramp up COVID-19 testing to reach an average of 100,000 tests per month (up from 60,000) as part of a state-level programme to combat the virus. The plan will include the daily application of 2,700 tests in hospitals, private pharmacies and laboratories, contact tracing and a mass public information campaign. The programme also includes the provision of medical attention through text message, as well as medical kits and food support for patients.
Other states of the country such as Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Nuevo León, Coahuila and Guerrero have also installed modules to carry out COVID-19 tests in the areas with the highest number of confirmed cases.