As expected, this Wednesday the president Alberto Fernndez proposed to the governors to implement a nationwide curfew andbetween 23 and 6 to reduce the rate of infections that worries the national authorities. The measure was well received by some leaders but anotherThey asked that a general rule not be imposed and that the health reality of each jurisdiction be taken into account. Among them was the governor Rodolfo Suarez.
For the Mendoza, the curfew was an effective measure that Mendoza applied in the worst months of the pandemic. But he understands that at this time, with the level of cases in the province, a determination of these characteristics is not justified.
And he made it known to the president during the virtual conference that they kept this morning. There he explained that in Mendoza the percentage of bed occupancy is 35% and the situation is far from being critical. In addition, the rate of infections has not increased to the level seen in other parts of the country.
With those arguments he expressed that he agreed with the importance of the curfew but that It is not yet time for it to be applied in Mendoza. Especially taking into account that this measure has a direct economic impact on activities such as restaurants, bars and event rooms that will be harmed if a time limit is implemented.
For this reason, the provincial president remarks that the percentage of bed occupancy and another variable such as percentage of positivity of the PCR tests carried out. In Mendoza they understand that only if these data were to skyrocket should the sanitary curfew be applied.
Even, Suarez He was the first president to apply a curfew in the country. It did so during the harshest months of the pandemic, when circulation was restricted from 11pm to 5.30am on the streets of the province. Then, when the health situation began to improve, he extended the hours until 1 a.m.
Like Suarez, other governors They asked for flexibility in setting curfew times and that the rule is not general for all jurisdictions equally. That is to say, that a national curfew is not set, but rather that each ruler is allowed to decide in relation to the situation that his province is going through.
“The president listened to the point of view of the governor of Mendoza and we hope that it is taken into account,” they said from the surroundings of the Mendoza president. However, the final word will be Alberto Fernndez.
One of the possibilities being considered is that the president issues a national decree and sets a curfew for the entire country, but with freedom for the provincial leaders to determine the schedules.
“It is one of the options”, recognize those who participated in the meeting. For example, it is said that in Chaco they will allow bars to open Thursday through Sunday until 2am.