June 7, 2020
A couple of days ago the Federal Government announced the epidemiological traffic light strategy for the entire country, as you can see, all the states except for one turned up in red. This means that the Federal Health Department considers that the highest risk of contagion is happening now in the whole country. However, the Federal Government also announced the beginning of the economic reactivation process as of June 1st.
For this purpose, some essential activities were defined, including the medical, pharmaceutical, construction, mining and other sectors.
Given that tourism is a fundamental sector for the economy of Quintana Roo, it was my government’s decision to consider it an essential activity as well.
That is why during President López Obrador’s recent visit I announced that our state would have its own complementary traffic light system to reflect our economic and health reality, aligned with the federal methodology.
This follows the legal mandate that defines the State Government as the highest health authority in the entity.
I also announced that this traffic light system will go into effect on June 8. Every Thursday we will update it to take effect on the following Monday.
Given that the national traffic light registered the entire country with the highest level of contagion, together with my team of advisors, epidemiologists, public administrators, and economists, we decided to be much more cautious with the amount of activities that we will be able to carry out in each of the phases of the state traffic light.
As I already mentioned, the colors of our traffic lights are based on two indicators: the number of new cases or the risk of contagion and the availability of medical and hospital infrastructure.
As you know we will have one traffic light for the southern region and another one for the northern region of the state given that the virus has emerged at different times and with varying intensity in the territory of Quintana Roo.
According to these indicators, which are based on information from the State Health Department, the color of the traffic light for the southern region is red and for the northern region it is orange.
From June 8, this is how we will resume activities according to these colors in the northern and southern regions of our state, I repeat in the southern region will be red and in the northern region will be orange.
We encourage everyone to continue to follow preventive and hygiene measures including washing your hands frequently, maintaining social distance, avoid touching your face and eyes, and taking care of those who are vulnerable including the elderly, people with diabetes, hypertension, kidney issues, obesity, and pregnant women as well.
We remind everyone that in following these measures responsibly, together we will be able to reopen our economy, and Together We Will Succeed.