Barranquilla continues to advance towards a new stage in the economic reopening process. Within the framework of this process, the district mayor’s office announced that the measure of ‘peak and cedula’ with even and odd numbers is maintained for the departures that citizens must necessarily make.
As stated by the District, the current schedule will be in effect until August 31. In addition, she recalled that the schedules for the practice of individual physical activity for adults between 18 and 69 years old are maintained: between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. and between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Likewise, the district administration indicated that the restriction for the use of common spaces such as fields and games for children is maintained, despite the fact that the indicators in the city continue to register a constant improvement.
As stated by the District, the recovery rate is close to 85% and the ICU availability is 48%, while the average positivity rate is 14.3% during the last 7 days, that is, 16, 2 percentage points below the national average (30.5%).
“We continue to advance, but we cannot lower our guard. To the extent that this trend continues and we make gradual, safe and responsible reopening, we will recover the productive and social life of the city, ”said Mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.
The District indicated that the Ministries of Health and the Interior authorized pilots for the practice of individual sports, as well as the operation of sports venues, gyms, cinemas and games of chance, which they will begin to review for future reopening.
In relation to the ‘Barranquilla Deportista’ plan, the practice of individual sports, nautical, tennis and athletics is contemplated, while the opening of gyms will be done with air exchange or effective ventilation.
The opening of sports fields and / or stages has been proposed in open spaces for the practice of permitted group sports, while the pilot of cinemas would be launched in open spaces (drive-in cinema).
Likewise, games of chance must comply with all capacity conditions including the review of central airs, correct air circulation and HEPA filters.
On the other hand, the national government gave endorsement to expand the pilot of restaurants, allowing their operation in terraces or closed places with air exchange or effective ventilation.
Pumarejo indicated that the construction of a plan to reactivate the tourism sector is underway in conjunction with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Presidential Council for Economic Affairs.
“We want to become pioneers in the reactivation of the tourism sector, focused on the potential of Barranquilla in the production chain of business and event tourism, in addition to attracting foreign investment with an export vocation, and thus be an example of resilience and good practices for resume the path of growth, “said the mayor.
Restaurant pilot balance
The district administration also delivered a positive balance on the start of the gastronomic sector pilot: the 30 restaurants registered between 40% and 80% of attendance, increased sales and a large number of reservations for this weekend.
He also explained that they have been working hand in hand with unions, businessmen and workers from other sectors to return to work in the safest way.
“We have been active in providing technical tools and support to the different activities and sectors in their reactivation process, through the District’s Entrepreneur Support Unit and with the validation and pedagogy visits of the biosafety protocols,” said the Secretary of Economic Development, Ricardo Plata Sarabia.