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Changes to businesses operating in Cuenca beginning May 4th

In El Mercurio from Saturday, April 25th and Sunday the 26th, there were several articles that explain the upcoming changes from isolation to social distancing.

Productive sectors of the economy having to do with electronic commerce, food, clothing, and articles of disinfection will be returning to more normal hours of operation. Use of face masks will continue to be obligatory, as well as maintaining a distance of 2 meters from other persons at all times.

The emergency measures such as the curfew and restrictions on the circulation of vehicles (only one day per week for private automobiles) continue in force the following week and after May 4th.

The government is developing a plan composed of the sectorization of the country in which there will be rapid coronavirus tests as well as PCR tests (which take longer to get the results). Testing is already underway in Guayaquil and parts of Quito. Testing will begin next week in Manabi and will slowly be rolled out to the rest of the country.

The Minister of Health, Juan Carlos Zeballos, pointed to Azuay in particular, saying that as of April 24th, the Ministry of Health was caring for 15 patients, while the IESS system in Azuay had 34 patients, as compared to the first of April, when the total was 269 inpatients.

The government will be closely monitoring the number of coronavirus cases, and if hospital admissions start to spike again and threaten to overwhelm the health care system, isolation measures will be re-imposed. The mayor of Guayaquil has asked that no relaxing of isolation measures be made due to the still-critical situation in the province of Guayas.

The health minister reminded the public that this would be a labor reactivation only, NOT a social reactivation. Activities that lead to crowds of people are still prohibited. For at least the month of May, inter-provincial travel of persons as well as regularly scheduled domestic and international passenger flights will remain suspended.

The ministry of health expects to release further details by Monday of the roadmap that businesses will be able to refer to in how to re-open their businesses.

Ann Fourt: .

City: Cuenca