Starting today and next weekend, the use of the mouth mask is mandatory on the road and public transportation in at least 10 states, including the Mexico City; for those who do not accept the measure, governments such as the New Lion and Oaxaca they analyze the application of administrative sanctions.
Despite the fact that last week and at other times, the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, mentioned that there is no ‘solid’ scientific evidence that the massive use of masks prevents the spread of covid-19, the measure was implemented in Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Durango, Coahuila and Yucatán, in addition to the cities of León and Chilpancingo.
Authorities from the Guerrero capital determined the mandatory use of mouth masks in department stores, markets and public transport units with the aim of reducing the number of infections.
In Mexico City, as of today this measure is mandatory in all parkings that make up the Collective Transportation System (STC) Metro to reduce infections, announced Wednesday the head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum.
To support the measure, the SCT will deliver free one million face masks this Friday at the station Pantitlán of lines A and 9, those with the highest user traffic during peak hours.
In Puebla, the disposition to wear masks during the contingency was reflected in a decree of the Governor Miguel Ángel Barbosa and it will be the responsibility of the Secretaries of Health and of the Interior to determine in which places and how many mouthguards will be delivered so that the measure is fulfilled.
During the session of the State Committee on Health Safety of Tamaulipas, Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca put into operation the Covid 19 Command Center, in charge of monitoring the evolution of the disease by municipality and there declared as the use of face masks on public roads.
Separately, the Municipal Contingency Committee of Cuernavaca Covid-19 determined the forced use of face masks in the capital. At the state level, the measure is mandatory for older adults, pregnant women, children and people with respiratory diseases.
In order to comply with the use of the mouthpiece, in New Lion from this weekend access to public transport will be prohibited, taxis and Uber, to people who do not carry it. Manuel de la O Cavazos, local health secretary, warned that carriers who do not comply with this requirement will be penalized.
In Oaxaca The use of face masks was also ordered for those who transit on public roads and in transportation during the contingency, including the governor Alexander Murat He announced that sanctions or fines will be applied against those who do not abide by provisions.
José Rosas Aispuro Torres, from Durango, reported that wearing masks is mandatory throughout the entity, and that this decision was made during an Interstate Meeting with Coahuila authorities.
The plan to prevent the spread of the virus in Quintana Roo includes the closure of main streets and the use of face masks, which will be delivered by the state police; In Yucatan whoever is on public roads should carry them and, likewise, all kinds of personnel who work in companies with essential activities. _
With information from: Rogelio Agustín, Carlos Morales, Angélica Tenahua, María López, David Monroy, Alejandro Vázquez, Oscar Rodríguez, Isis Rábago, César Cubero, Anwar Nájera, Leonardo Lugo and Daniel Barquet.