Puerto Vallarta reopened for tourism on June 15th but could now face a total lockdown stricter than ever before if cases continue to rise according to the Governor of Jalisco.
After a meeting with the Economic Reactivation Commission, the Jalisco Governor warned that it's up to all citizens to prevent the activation of the plan.
The governor announced an “Emergency Button” plan that could stop all activities in Jalisco if the growth of Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
This would mean the complete shutdown of the state with far stricter measures then were first imposed at the start of the pandemic.
“By saying ‘stop dead’ we mean a more drastic measure than the one we took in the first stage of social isolation. It would mean shutting down ALL industry, commerce and services. Only the basic operations of health, security and food supply services would be maintained,” the Governor said.
According to the Governor, it would mean ‘total confinement'. All services would immediately stop including tourism, restaurants including delivery, public transportation, shopping malls, banks and food stalls.
The only food services available would be grocery stores and food markets on reduced hours during the weekdays.
On Monday, July 6, the state of Jalisco reported a new record of COVID-19 infections with 664 new cases and 19 deaths.
There are two criteria that will be evaluated for activating the 'emergency button' which would shutdown the state.
- saturation of the hospital system reaching 50%
- weekly incidence rate of 400 infections per million inhabitants, by date of onset of symptoms.
“If the first indicator reaches 50% or the second reaches 400 cases for every million inhabitants, we will have to stop once again. Today we are at 26% and in the second criteria at 290,” explained the governor.
“We are at a key moment. If we act responsibly, we can get ahead without having to stop our economy again. Jalisco needs all of us, we cannot fail,” said the Governor in a message addressed to Jalisco.