On June 1st, the Mexican government adopted a national traffic light or semáforo system, where colors represent the allowed mobility in public spaces.

The 4 colors used were red, orange, yellow, green.

Red means “stop” on movement.

Only essential activities are allowed such as the delivery of medical services and supplies, operation of grocery stores and delivery services, work in vital offices that impact the economy, government social programs, work in construction, manufacturing of transportation equipment, and critical infrastructure.

Hotels can operate up to 25 percent capacity for occupants who work on critical activities.

People can still go to parks but only 25 percent can be accommodated.

Aside from hotels, orange allows the resumption of markets and supermarkets at 75 percent capacity.

Hospitality services such as hotels, restaurants; beauty, and wellness industries such as salons and barbershops, gyms can also operate at 50 percent capacity.

Furthermore, places of worship, shopping malls, recreational places such as theatres, cinemas; cultural events, and museums can operate at 25 percent capacity.

In yellow, all work activities will resume.

Open public places will be accessible on a regular basis while closed public spaces will operate in a reduced capacity.

Safety precautions such as wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing will still be enforced like in the previous colors.

Green, on the other hand, marks the “start” of the new normal where all activities including school, will resume.

Threat Far From Over

It seems that the resumption of businesses marked by the orange attracted people outside of Mexico City (CDMX).

An influx of motorists was seen at the Mexico-Cuernavaca highway.

A photo of bumper to bumper vehicles clogging the inbound lane to CDMX was tweeted by the Center for Command, Control, Computing, Communications and Citizen Contact of Mexico City (C5) has gone viral with almost 5,000 retweets and comments.

Most of the tweets expressed bewilderment on what prompted people to go there.

Others speculate that this event will contribute to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Mexico’s Ministry of Health reported 439,000 confirmed cases and 47,746 confirmed deaths as of Sunday.

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