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Mexico City to remain under lockdown until June 15

Jude Webber in Mexico City

Mexico City will remain under quarantine until June 15 despite a gradual nationwide loosening of coronavirus restrictions from the start of next month, mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said.

Schools in the capital will not return until the next academic year, which starts in August.

The national government has imposed a quarantine until May 30 and said from June 1, a traffic light system will operate, allowing different parts of the country to open up gradually depending on their individual Covid-19 situations.

Mexico will remain “red” – that is, fully closed aside from essential industries – as long as hospital occupancy remains above 65 per cent or have been rising in a stable fashion for two weeks.

It will move to amber once hospital occupancy is below 65 per cent and has been falling for two weeks. The capital will move to the next phase, yellow, once hospital occupancy is below 50 per cent and has been trending lower for two weeks, and green will be achieved once hospital occupancy is below 50 per cent and has been stable for a month, the mayor said.

Mexico City currently has 6,320 people in hospital because of Covid-19, of whom 1,453 are intubated.

The capital and surrounding metropolitan area, home to 22m people, has been hardest hit by Covid-19. Mexico City on Wednesday reported 15,283 confirmed cases and 1,452 deaths, both a rise on the previous day’s tally.

Despite the continued red light status, some parks will be allowed to open to 30 per cent capacity, beer production and the industries newly designated as essential by the federal government – mining, construction and the auto sector – will be allowed to reopen this month.

In yellow, people will return to their jobs in a staggered fashion and restaurants, hotels, churches, cinemas and department stores will operate at 60 per cent capacity.

Bars and gyms will not reopen until Mexico hits the green light. Schools will only be greenlighted for reopening once the health and education ministries say they can. The city government’s plans remain subject to evolving national health ministry guidelines.

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