New Restrictions Due to Coronavirus

An article in Prensa Libre explains everything including the "why". Here I am just going to explain the "what".

  • Total closure of Guatemala from Thursday, May 14 at 5 in the afternoon until Monday, May 18 at 5. During this period, only heavy transport can circulate to the ports, the transport of food, water, medicine and propane gas, and the care of basic services (water, energy, telephone and internet). Also people with serious illnesses that need treatment
  • From Monday 18, the mobility for individuals will only be from 5 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, and only in cases of need.
  •  Only pedestrian circulation will be allowed, not in vehicles or motorcycles, to neighborhood stores and grocery stores, and only from 8 to 11 hours, and wearing a mask and respecting social distance.
  • Cantonal, municipal markets: they can only operate on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 6 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon.
  • Supermarkets and convenience stores will operate only Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Pharmacies may operate without restriction and food delivery services, without time restrictions.
  • [President] Giammattei said that these measures will also be applied next week, that is, from 5 in the afternoon on Thursday, May 21 to 5 in the morning on Monday, 25, but without neighborhood stores, because families you would have had a chance to stock up already.

My question is do we have more cases because the virus is spreading more rapidly now or because we are doing more testing? I expect it is a combination of the two. One thing we must realize is that there have been 29 deaths in Guatemala attributed to coronavirus. I expect more have died in traffic accidents. Are we doing the right thing?

The expression that comes to mind is "this sucks". For example, I live less than two blocks from a supermarket. It seems absurd that I would need to order delivery. But, we'll see what happens.

 

 

 

 

    • felipe

      OK, this crazy plan has been significantly modified. https://www.prensalibre.com/guatemala/comunitario/coronavirus-presidente-alejandro-giammattei-anuncia-cambios-para-mercados-y-supermercados/ is the revised plan. The highlights are stores, supermarkets, ... may be open from 0600 to 1600 Monday through Friday and people outside from 0500 to 1700. On the weekend everything is closed (including local tiendas, tortillarias, ...) everyone must stay at home.

      One "amusing" item was that the restrictions say you cannot consume alcoholic beverages after 1500 weekdays and not at all on weekends. No, it does not say buy -- it says consume. Interesting.

      In any case, this makes more sense. The previous plan that, for example, reduced supermarket hours to nine hours per week would have just resulted in more people close together waiting in lines.

      More sense is not necessarily good sense. For example, when I lived in San Antonio Palopó lots of people did not have a refrigerator (and many tiendas did not either) so regular trips to tiendas was necessary. My guess is that telling people they have to stay home is bad but telling them no ice cream during the weekend isn't going to fly.