A shopper views a window display at a clothing retail store on Avenida Santa Fe in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Buenos Aires Ciudad is scheduled to release consumer price index figures on June 9. Photographer: Erica Canepa / Bloomberg

The reopening of commuter shops on stretches of high-traffic avenues in the City of Buenos Aires that were kept disabled will encompass some 10,000 commercial stores, Buenos Aires government sources estimated, following the announcements this morning led by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

These are mostly clothing and footwear stores, but also jewelry, gifts, bookstores, nurseries and all kinds of activities, which may be open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and may serve clients according to ID card termination: on even days they will attend those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 and the odd ones ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

For some, it may be an opportunity to compensate even slightly for so much commercial malaria, since it is the week before Children’s Day.

Anyway, they clarified from the City, Traffic restrictions are maintained, which implies that many employees are in principle exempted from attending unless they live nearby, get around in their own vehicles, or are provided by the employer with some form of non-public transportation.

From the Buenos Aires government cThe indications given on Friday by the Federation of Commerce and Industry of the City of Buenos Aires (Fecoba) are encouraging when they report, for 80% of the businesses already enabled and based on a survey of 60 commercial establishments, a « lukewarm recovery”After two weeks of opening.

The entity reported that the billing was located in 31% of what it was in the days prior to the start of quarantine. Only 10% said that they invoiced above that average and 30% that their invoicing was barely a quarter of what it was in the prepandemia, always taking as a reference a normal day. « What we observe is that the opening of new items gave a little boost to the economy, but consumption is still minimal. The week coincided with the end of the month, which also does not contribute to improving the situation, ”said the president of Fecoba, Fabián Castillo.

A recent meeting of the deputy head of government and other Buenos Aires officials with Fabián Castillo, the head of Fecoba

Movement is demonstrated by walking

« The important thing is that businesses begin to move, » agreed from the Buenos Aires government.

For now, heThe sectors that are geographically excluded are the Once area, the commercial hub on Calle Avellaneda and passenger transfer centers such as Retiro, Constitución and Liniers. The City is not in charge of compensating for these situations, which in any case are achieved by the ATP program., from the national government.

What the Rodríguez Larreta government did decide was the two-month waiver of the ABL (Lighting, Sweeping and Cleaning rate) and the Banco Ciudad subsidized credit line, for an amount of up to $ 500,000 at a rate of 12% and 6 months grace. It was $ 800 million, they say; about 600 million for the forgiveness of the ABL and about 200 million for the subsidy of Banco Ciudad.

But anyway, they acknowledge, they are hardly measures of relief, to overcome the problem « you need to generate movement », something that they believe possible given the health data that Rodríguez Larreta himself gave in his morning conference.

The head of government specified that In the last 14 days, the City averaged 1,100 new cases per day, a stable but high number, with a doubling rate of 34 days and a stable R (number of people infected by an infected person) of close to 1.03. Meanwhile, the occupation of intensive care beds in the health centers of the public system is 59%, having added 50 new beds, totaling 450.

The sections enabled in high circulation arteries in this new stage are as follows:

Santa Fe Avenue, between Cerrito and Salguero and between Gurruchaga and Juan B. Justo.

Callao Avenue, between Marcelo T de Alvear and Arenales.

Córdoba Avenue, between Lavalleja and Thames.

Pueyrredón Avenue, between Arenales and Marcelo T. de Alvear.

Corrientes Avenue, between Cerrito and Boulogne Sur Mer, between Julián Álvarez and Acevedo and between Federico Lacroze and Maure

Federico Lacroze Avenue, between Corrientes and Forest.

Coronel Días Avenue, between Beruti and Güemes.

Jujuy Avenue, between Cochabamba and Juan de Garay.

Scalabrini Ortiz Avenue, between Aguirre and Camargo and between Santa Fe and Paraguay.

Cabildo Avenue, between Virrey del Pino and Olazábal.

Rivadavía Avenue between La Plata Avenue and Centenera Ship.

José María Moreno Avenue, between Rivadavia and Guayaquil.

-Acoyte Avenue, between Rivadavia and Sarmiento Railroad tracks,

-Microcentro: in a polygon bounded by Rivadavia Avenue, Carlos Pellegrini, Santa Fe, Florida, San Martín and Leandro N. Alem Avenue.

As it was pointed out at the beginning, the premises on these arteries “open pit” (not yet shopping malls) will be able to open from 11 am to 9 pm and serve clients according to DNI termination (even days for even terminations, odd days for odd ones). It is the City’s commitment to economic and commercial “step by step”.

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