At a press conference the Chief of Staff Santiago Cafiero assured that at yesterday’s meeting all governors agreed with Alberto Fernndez apply a sanitary curfew to restrict circulation and prevent contagion. However, the governor of Mendoza was forceful in his refusal, considering that the health situation in the province does not warrant a decision that will directly affect different economic activities. But even though Rodolfo Suarez does not want limit circulation between 23 and 6 as proposed Alberto Fernndez, its ability to avoid this restriction will depend on the letter of the decree signed by the president.
Specifically, in Goverment house are analyzing the different alternatives and waiting to know the decree that Santiago Cafiero said it is still being drafted. Specifically, they hope that the national regulations will give the governors powers to decide whether or not to apply the provision according to the health reality of each province. For example, it is speculated that the presidential decree provides for a curfew depending on the number of cases in each jurisdiction.
But at the moment they are only versions and nothing will be known with certainty until access to the DNU. For example, it is not the same that the norm establishes from what percentage of bed occupancy the sanitary curfew should be implemented as that of imposing it in a general way and authorizing the governors to request an exception from the Chief of Cabinet Santiago Cafiero.
For this reason, from the provincial Executive they prefer to be cautious in their statements and only speak when they have knowledge of the details of the provision of Alberto Fernndez. “We have to wait until the decree is in,” they remarked from the Suarez.
Another reality that must be taken into account is that compliance with the curfew depends largely on the Ministry of Security of the province. It is not a minor fact since if the time restriction were to be imposed, it would be up to the government to ensure that it was complied with.
Posture of Suarez on the subject is clear. He is in favor of the effectiveness of the sanitary curfew and even assures that in Mendoza gave very good results. However, he understands that its application is justified when the level of infections is high and not today with an occupation of therapy beds that barely exceeds 35%.
In this sense, yesterday I asked Alberto Fernndez that considers the health situation of each province and does not impose a general health curfew. Above all, due to the impact that the measure would have on economic sectors such as bars, restaurants, party halls, DJs, artists, musicians, etc., whose activities were paralyzed for months and are beginning to rebound.
After the decision to restrict circulation was known, the national deputy Alfredo Cornejo He went out to directly question the national government and said that this type of measure “is a clear demonstration of the failure of Alberto Fernndez’s health strategy.”