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On March 24, 2020, a Decree was issued by the Ministry of Health through which it publishes guidelines to avoid and control COVID-19, which became effective yesterday. This Decree was sanctioned by means of another Decree issued by the President of Mexico on the same day.

The Decree states that the General Health Council, at an extraordinary session held on March 19, 2020, agreed to recognize the SARS-CoV2 epidemic (COVID-19) as a serious disease deserving priority.

Among other measures, the following were taken:

  • Avoid assistance to workplaces, public spaces and other places for (a) adults 65 years of age and older; (b) people at risk of developing serious illness; (c) pregnant or lactating women; (d) people with disabilities; (e) people with chronic non-transmissible diseases such as arterial hypertension, pulmonary or kidney failure, lupus, cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver or metabolic failure, heart disease.

  • Activities that involve physical concentration or transit or displacement of people must continue to be suspended.

  • In the private sector, work will continue in companies, businesses, commercial establishments and all those that are necessary to face the contingency such as hospitals, clinics, etc., provided they do not take place in crowded enclosed spaces.

  • The temporary suspension continues until further notice in order to avoid mass events or meetings with more than 100 people.

  • Places emphasis on compliance with the basic hygiene measures that the Ministry of Health has determined necessary and those that are deemed necessary in the future.

In summary: 1. Starting on March 24, 2020, compliance with the provisions of this decree is mandatory.

2. The General Health Council, at an extraordinary session held on March 19, 2020, agreed to recognize the epidemic of the disease caused by the COVID-19 virus in Mexico as a serious disease deserving maximum priority.

3. You should prevent people 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, lactating women, or people with chronic illnesses from attending work centers.

4. Employees who are in the cases described in the above paragraph must be paid their full salary and benefits.

by the entire family). In addition, it orders that any person who presents symptoms of COVID-19 must notify their doctor and / or authorities promptly.

5. In the private sector, companies, businesses, commercial establishments and all those that allow dealing with the contingency will continue to work, provided they do not take place in crowded, enclosed spaces.

6. The hygiene measures and healthy distance recommendations and all other measures determined by the authority must continue.

On the same subject, the Governor of the State of Chihuahua issued Decree 049/2020 which was published in the Official State Newspaper on March 25, 2020, and became effective on the same day, containing sanitary measures which will remain in effect until April 19, 2020. The most salient points of the Decree are the following:

I. Temporary closure of cinemas, theaters, bars, nightclubs, meeting rooms, tourist and recreational parks, gyms, casinos, restaurants, the latter may continue to operate if they have room service or home delivery, shopping centers, etc. II The operation of the following types of establishments is allowed: manufacturing industry, commerce and provision of services, grocery stores, supermarkets, in general, stores that provide food, pharmacies, public transportation, daycares, shelters, hospitals, banking institutions and telecommunications.

III. Establishments that will continue to operate are encouraged to observe the preventive measures that have been ordered by the Authorities.

IV. Those establishments that can continue operating, must keep the assistance of essential personnel and take special care in measures of social distancing and hygiene. V. The Decree encourages the general population to take stay at home, limiting outings to the purchase of groceries, which should be procured by a single person (not

VI. People who fail to comply with the provisions of this Decree may be arraigned by the authorities for the crime of contagion, as provided for in the Penal Code of the State of Chihuahua.

At Toulet & Gottfried we are committed to provide you with timely information and multidisciplinary advice that allows you to deal with this contingency.

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