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Mexico City Adjusts Pandemic Policies As People Flood The Streets

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 — About a week ago, Mexico City’s government allowed certain small businesses, hotels, restaurants, hair salons and street markets to reopen with limited occupancy and hours. But many got too crowded, forcing the government to adjust some pandemic regulations. 

Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the limited return of some businesses and activities will continue, as data shows a significant drop in hospitalizations and infections.

But many areas in Mexico City, particularly downtown, have gotten overrun with visitors. Many businesses and customers didn’t follow the rules, like wearing face masks or limiting the number of patrons.

Sheinbaum said sanitary filters are placed to access the downtown area. Three local subway stations are closed, and people are allowed to enter the area on certain days depending on the first letter of their last name. Last names starting from A to L can enter Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while M to Z can go on any of the days left.

Shopping malls reopened on Wednesday with limited capacity and hours. And customers waited in long lines.

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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.