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CDMX restaurants will reopen on January 18; must test their employees for COVID-19 every week

The capital of the country is in the red color of the epidemiological traffic light;  that is, maximum level of contagion (Photo: Cuartoscuro) The capital of the country is in the red color of the epidemiological traffic light; that is, maximum level of contagion (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

With the objective of jump start the economy safely in the face of the health emergency due to the rebound in coronavirus infections (COVID-19), authorities of the Mexico City held on Wednesday night a virtual work table with restaurant owners.

At the end of the meeting, the Government of Mexico City reported through a statement that Its reopening is contemplated from next Monday, January 18, under strict sanitary measures. This announcement would be made official this Friday the 15th.

“Among the agreements, it was established hold permanent work tables every Wednesday to review the reopening action protocols, in a gradual and progressive manner, in relation to the behavior of the epidemiological traffic light in Mexico City, ”the document reads.

The government pointed out that in the new reopening the restaurateurs must ask diners to register their stay using the QR code to track possible cases of contagion and carry out weekly employee sampling with COVID-19 PCR tests.

Customers register before entering the Comedor de los Milagros restaurant, in the Roma neighborhood (Photo: Reuters) Customers register before entering the Comedor de los Milagros restaurant, in the Roma neighborhood (Photo: .)

It was also announced that the food guild you will not pay the Payroll Tax in January (ISN), amount that adds up 20 million pesos, and will benefit from 100,000 direct supports for 2, 200 pesos to employees of the sector, for an amount of 220 million pesos.

The heads of the government secretariats were present at the virtual meeting, José Alfonso Suárez del Real and Aguilera; of Economic Development (Sedeco), Fadlala Akabani Hneide; Tourism (Sectur), Carlos Mackinlay Grohmann; of the Digital Agency for Public Innovation (ADIP), Jose Antonio Peña Merino; the president of the Citizen Council for Security and Justice, Salvador Guerrero Cypruss, and representatives of the restaurant sector.

Likewise, the mayors of Benito Juárez, Santiago Taboada; from Cuauhtémoc, Nestor Nunez; from Cuajimalpa, Adrian Rubalcava; by Miguel Hidalgo, Victor Hugo Romo; and Venustiano Carranza, Julio César Moreno.

The CDMX government will benefit the sector's employees with direct support for 2,200 pesos (Photo: Reuters) The CDMX government will benefit the sector’s employees with direct support for 2,200 pesos (Photo: .)

In an interview for Milenio TV, Francisco Fernandez, president of the National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (CANIRAC), confirmed the reopening date, but indicated that it is still they are analyzing the protocols and sanitary measures.

It is a conditional agreement. Tomorrow we will be working to detail how (to reopen) together with some mayors who were present today (…) Of course we are going to demand that all our employees and all our clients apply this hygiene code with the use of masks and healthy distance

Although the reopening is good news for both workers and citizens, the employer clarified that with the capacity restrictions the restaurant sector will continue suffering the consequences of the pandemic for much longer.

We are making progress but I am not satisfied (…) Opening today means nothing more than giving us oxygen, the restaurant sector is in intensive care

Restaurant owners demonstrated by holding a "casserole" under the motto "We open or we die" (Photo: Cuartoscuro) Restaurant owners demonstrated with a “cacerolazo” under the slogan “We open or we die” (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Since last Monday, January 11, workers from various restaurants in the capital and the State of Mexico have demonstrated in the streets under the slogan #OpenOpen, to protest by el closure of activities one more week of their premises, which in the future, they argue, It would bankrupt them.

This January 12, the Administrative Verification Institute (Invea) of Mexico City carried out an operation, where a total of 231 restaurants were visited, of which 227 did comply with the sanitary provisions of only providing home service.

However, four restaurants were found offering indoor consumer service of its facilities, for which they were warned. The agency warned that if these establishments continue to fail to comply with measures, activities will be suspended completely.

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