Coronavirus: Mexico lowers pandemic alert to lowest level

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s capital returned to its lowest level on Monday for the COVID-19 pandemic alert system for the first time since June.

In practice, the change from the yellow category to the green category only led to small changes in daily life. Mask-wearing is still common on the streets of the city of 9 million, but the pace of life in the capital has long since returned to a high degree of normality.

Massive outdoor events, which were operating at 75% capacity, now face no capacity restrictions, although attendees will still be required to wear masks. The move comes just weeks before Mexico City hosts a Formula 1 race.

Bars, clubs and event rooms are entitled to an additional hour of opening and will now remain open until 1 a.m., but with the same sanitary filters required at their entrances to check temperatures and provide disinfectant gel.

Announcing the changes on Friday, Mexico City’s Digital Government Director, Eduardo Clark, said, “Fortunately, the city is continuing in the right direction thanks to the good behavior of the people.”

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected cases in the metropolitan area has been falling since mid-August and is approaching the low point observed in June.

The decline has continued despite the return to in-person learning at schools in the capital last month, although many pupils only attend part-time.

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