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Mexico's Ministry of Health Issues COVID-19 Restrictions

March 27, 2020

For the private sector, those businesses, companies, commercial establishments and all other enterprises that are “necessary to face the contingency” may continue to operate.

On March 24, the Mexican Ministry of Health published an order in the Federation Official Gazette with measures to prevent the negative impacts of the COVID-19 diseases. This Alert presents a summary of the measures.

For the public and private sectors, the measures include but are not limited to:

  1. Avoidance of workplaces, public spaces and other crowded areas for persons over 65 years of age or for persons at risk of developing a serious disease or dying from it, who will be entitled to a paid leave. These persons include, among others, pregnant or nursing women, children under the age of 5, disabled individuals or persons with chronic diseases.
  2. Temporary suspension of all school activities until April 17, 2020.
  3. Temporary suspension of all activities that entail physical concentration, transit or displacement of people until April 19, 2020.
  4. Temporary suspension until further notice of massive events and gatherings of more than 100 people.

For the private sector, those businesses, companies, commercial establishments and all other enterprises that are “necessary to face the contingency”―including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, medical, financial, telecom and media services, restaurants, gasoline stations, markets, supermarkets, small grocery stores, gas distribution and transportation―may continue to operate provided they are not carried out in confined and crowded spaces.

Labor relationships shall be maintained and be enforced in accordance with the relevant individual or collective labor agreements, law-based contracts and/or general working conditions during the term of the order pursuant to the Mexican Federal Labor Law and other applicable laws and regulations.

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Duane Morris has created a COVID-19 Strategy Team to help organizations plan, respond to and address this fast-moving situation. Contact your Duane Morris attorney for more information. Prior Alerts on the topic are available on the team’s webpage.

For More Information

If you have any questions about this Alert, please contact Eduardo Ramos-Gómez, Rosa M. Ertze, Miguel de Leon Perez, any of the attorneys in our Mexico Business Group, any member of the COVID-19 Strategy Team or the attorney in the firm with whom you are regularly in contact.

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