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New restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19 have been put into place, with the State Government announcing new lockdowns in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.
The new restrictions were announced at a recent health and economic reactivation meeting, where government leaders have established that from December 25 to January 10 there will be a new partial closure of non-essential businesses. Unlike the previous partial shutdown, public transport (buses, taxies and Uber) will run as normal. See the official announcement of new measures here. Unfortunately the previous restrictions did little to break the transmission rate, with cases increasing since the reopening of economic activity at the fastest pace since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro said actions are necessary due to the increase in infections, with an increase in positivity in tests, and hospital occupancy, which, for the first time, is at 33.2 percent.
“We established a few weeks ago, after the Emergency Button, that the indicator that would allow us to make the following decisions would be the hospital occupancy, of course we managed to maintain the pace of reactivation and never, until today, 33.2 percent of hospital occupancy was exceeded,” explained the Governor.
He said that the objective is also to create conditions so that on January 11 they review the possibility of a gradual return to face-to-face activity in the education sector.
Measures are different in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta so if you are traveling be sure to know the differences. Puerto Vallarta received the lease severe lockdown measure with the closure of all bars, nightclubs, and event spaces, and the cancelation of any holiday parties at those venues or at hotels.
The focused lockdown of entertainment areas in Puerto Vallarta is designed to discourage travelers, mostly national tourist, from visiting the city during the holiday period for New Year’s celebrations.
In Guadalajara shopping centers, squares, department stores, gyms, and all businesses in general must close at 7:00 p.m. in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. Only restaurants will be able to continue operating after these hours through takeout only, no in-restaurant dining.
On weekends, all shopping centers, squares, and flea markets will be closed in the Guadalajara metro area.
The activities that will function normally are convenience stores and neighborhood businesses, hospital services and medical equipment, pharmacies, clinics, laboratories, veterinarians, in addition to industry, food production, security services, basic, civil protection, postal, and courier.
Funeral services, public markets, gas stations, parks, urban forests, and Vía RecreActiva may also operate on a regular basis.
- Puerto Vallarta clubs/bars are closed during the period. Some clubs/bars may operate as restaurants so be sure to check their social media pages before going.
- All New Year’s events and parties are cancelled in restaurants. hotels, bars, clubs . (Events are defined as having more than 10 people and with elements inviting celebrating music etc)
- Puerto Vallarta beaches are open.
- Puerto Vallarta restaurants are open but have restrictions (no live shows, music, etc. and no parties, celebrations.