Santa Cruz bans mass parties until January 3rd due to the pandemic

Given the continued rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in the Santa Cruz department, the Municipal Emergency Operations Center (COEM) has decided to ban parties, concerts and all mass events at the end of the year in order to contain the infections. The measures apply from this Tuesday to January 3, 2022.

“Massive gatherings at the end of the year are strictly forbidden, such as the nightly celebrations on December 31st and other festivities that may take place for this reason,” said José Luis Santistevan, municipal secretary for autonomies.

The official said that capacity has been reduced to 30% in restaurants, cafes, churches, among others.

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As for passenger and motor vehicle traffic, it has been specified that this is from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., while shopping centers can be open until 1:00 a.m.

Santistevan assured that there would be strict controls on the part of the community to prevent these parties. However, he admitted that the Santa Cruz community had no authority to detain the perpetrators and warned that if they did not comply, the owners could be reported to the prosecutor for a trial. “We will report the party organizers to the Ministry of Public Health for crimes against public health,” he added.

On Monday, the Santa Cruz Department reported 1,199 new infections, the cumulative total is 156,900 cases.

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The city’s health minister, Roberto Vargas, assured that the capital Santa Cruz is already facing the peak of the disease, a situation that is expected to last two weeks and only after that the infections would decline.

“We will maintain the maximum peak of infection for two weeks, so it is necessary to maintain biosecurity measures and restrictions so patients may decline or the situation may get out of control as we continue with the rise of” Infections until next month “, he warned.

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