Mexico City Lowers Pandemic Alert to Lowest Level

Oct 18, 2021
3:29 PM

Healthcare worker Marco Antonio Galicia wears a protective face mask designed with a Mexican wrestler motif, in a ward designated for COVID-19 patients, at the Ajusco Medio General Hospital in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s capital returned to the lowest level on its COVID-19 pandemic warning system Monday for the first time since June.

In practice, the shift from the yellow to green category meant only small changes to daily life. Mask wearing is still common on the streets of the city of nine million, but the rhythm of life in the capital has long since regained a high degree of normalcy.

Massive outdoor events, which had been operating at 75 percent capacity, now face no capacity restrictions, though attendees will still be required to wear masks. The move comes just weeks ahead of Mexico City hosting a Formula 1 race.

Bars, clubs and event halls are allowed an additional hour of operation and will now stay open until 1 a.m., though with the same health filters required at their entrances checking temperatures and providing disinfectant gel.

In announcing the changes on Friday, Mexico City’s Digital Government Director Eduardo Clark said, “Fortunately, the city continues in the right direction due to the good behavior of the people.”

The number of people in the metropolitan area hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected cases has been falling since mid-August and is nearing the low point seen in June.

The decline has continued despite the return to in-person learning in the capital’s schools last month, though many students go only part-time.