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Mexico City Faces COVID-19 By Trying To Move Father’s Day

Claudia Sheinbaum
Mexico City's Mayor's Office
Mexico City's Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum wears a face mask at a press conference during the coronavirus pandemic.

MEXICO CITY — Coronavirus cases in Mexico City are still on the rise, and most businesses are closed or limited to home delivery. And the city’s government and businesses have an unusual strategy to lower the risks this weekend, which has to do with parental festivities.

Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum agreed with the local chamber of restaurants to postpone this year’s Father’s Day celebration to the third Sunday of August. The festivity is traditionally held on the third Sunday of June. 

Sheinbaum said she trusts the city’s inhabitants' exemplary behavior, just like they showed during Mother’s Day. 

But back then, the mayor proposed to move the mother's celebration from May to July, and yet thousands of people went out and held parties. 

Many bakeries, markets and flower shops had to shut down or be supervised by the police, as they became high-risk areas for spreading the coronavirus.  

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Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.