Camagüey, Sep 15.- New measures to contain Covid-19 were announced this Monday by the Provincial Defense Council (CDP) in Camagüey.
To the restriction of mobility in the streets from 10:00 at night to 5:00 in the morning, in force from the previous day, other actions are added in the labor, tax, banking, commercial, gastronomic order, transportation, health services, tourism, foreign trade, education, and others.
Previously, taking into account the epidemiological complexity in the neighboring province of Ciego de Ávila, the CDP had established the mandatory use of the mask in public spaces for all activities. This measure is maintained, now with more demand from the police, which must reinforce control in streets, commercial entities and other establishments, to make the population comply with what is established; among this, the separation of one meter of distance between people in crowded places.
Likewise, the productive entities must maintain the displacement of their activities from peak hours, as a means of saving and to avoid affecting the electricity service to the population.
Guaranteeing capacities in centers for the timely isolation of suspects and contacts is another of the actions that is prioritized here, based on the conditioning of 18 of the 23 sites chosen for that purpose in the province.
By the way, the CDP Education subgroup reported the decision to postpone the return to classrooms of the students of the Nicolás Guillén Batista Pedagogical School, with the aim of using this institution as a possible isolation center. For the same purpose, all educational facilities with accommodation in the province must be conditioned, in order, if necessary, to activate them.
Other measures announced by the education subgroup are: speeding up the curricular evaluation process at all educational levels, reducing mobility outside the institution for university students with scholarships, postponing the start of the new school year in Higher Education for January 2021, and close the school year for university students from the provinces of Ciego de Ávila and Sancti Spíritus, always before November 27.
As part of the necessary readjustments to prevent a further spread of Covid-19 in Camagüey, regarding passenger transportation, it was decided to establish service hours for motorcycle taxis, and cars, from 6:00 am. at 6:00 pm., and for buses, between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.
Regarding the gastronomic restaurant service in the state and non-state sector, the Provincial Defense Council agreed that it will be done by reservation, limiting the capacity of use to 50% and guaranteeing the separation between tables at a distance of no less than 1 ,5 meters. Likewise, it transpired that the bars will not offer alcoholic beverages to consume in the place, but to take away, and their service hours will be from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. For their part, non-state workers and leased in the form of party houses will temporarily close.
In the tax area, it was decided to reduce up to 50% of the activities of the non-state sector of food, coachmen and bike taxis, as well as the processing of suspensions and ex officio cancellations in the cases that proceed due to limitations to exercise the activity.
In the labor order, it is approved to exceptionally maintain the payment of a salary guarantee of 60% to interrupted workers, when their relocation is not possible until December 31, in addition to the promotion of remote work in all activities that allow it.
The indications adopted by the Provincial Defense Council before the appearance of three new cases of Covid-19 in Camagüey, will be applied in each of the 13 municipalities of Camagüey, taking into account the particularities of each territory, and always with the objective of safeguarding human lives, which are the most precious asset. (Arailaisy Rosabal García and Elianis Cutiño López / Radio Cadena Agramonte) (Photos: Taken from the Portal del Ciudadano Camagüey and the FB profile of Elianis Cutiño)