By José Antonio Pérez
A coordinated operation across the city is visiting area establishments to promote preventive steps on the coronavirus (Covid-19), as part of the campaign entitled “Fuerza Peñasco – luchemos juntos, quedémonos en casa” (Peñasco strong – Let’s fight this together, just stay home).
This effort includes participation of the City of Puerto Peñasco via the Municipal Health Office (CMS), Municipal Civil Protection Unit (UMPC), Municipal Police, along with the Health Control Unit and National Guard.
Francisco Javier Carrillo Ruíz, Director of Civil Protection and the Fire Department, reported this is not a curfew but rather ensuring preventative steps. He detailed upon instructions of Mayor Kiko Munro, along with the Sonora Secretary of Health, they are strengthening health measures at stores, commercial centers, restaurants, and bars, among other areas where people gather.
Among the preventative recommendations directed at restaurants:
- Only 50% occupancy
- Hours only until 10 p.m.
- Constant disinfecting of surfaces
- Use of anti-bacterial gel
Bars and restaurants in the Malecón and along Calle 13, along with other established or semi-established businesses, have been asked to help by closing doors, ensuring safety and health given the global alert due to the high risk of contagion and spread of Covid-19.
The Civil Protection director furthered they are working to ensure closure of beaches and recreational spaces where families and others tend to congregate. In addition, the Municipal Police and Red Cross have installed information points to raise awareness among the local population as to the #QuédateEnCasa (Stay Home) program.
Additional preventative measures include training of service and hotel providers, as well as the Public Safety department.
Carrillo Ruiz underscored this is not a curfew, but rather preventive measures that are in line with those issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), requesting solidarity and understanding from the community in heeding these steps.
No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Puerto Peñasco to date. On Sunday afternoon, the Sonora Secretary of Health announced a 4th confirmed case of Covid-19 in the state (2 in Hermosillo, 1 in Navajoa, and 1 in Guaymas). Mexico presently has 251 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19, and has registered two deaths – the first in Mexico City and a second in Durango.