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As Cases Spike, Some Skeptical Of New Sonoran Pandemic Measures

As cases spike in neighboring Sonora, the state government has rolled out new pandemic restrictions. But some say they don’t go far enough.

In several major Sonoran cities, movie theaters, night clubs and casinos are closing, according to those new rules. But other places will be allowed to remain open at reduced capacity and hours, even if the level of risk rises to the highest level.

“It’s literally the least that they could do,” said Dr. Isaac Chavez, an Hermosillo anesthesiologist has also been a vocal critic on social media of what he sees as inadequate measures, referencing as an example rules for gyms. They are currently open, and only required to turn music off. At maximum risk, gyms and a number of other establishments would have to close.

Other measures strike him as an attempt to make it seem as if action is being taken. They come as the state enters what he thinks will be the worst phase of the pandemic to date.

“By trying to help a handful of businesses, it ends up collapsing the entire economy and health system, and also eventually closing every business as well,” he said.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.