In the same way that he did in July of last year, the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, announced this Tuesday a “plan to gradually and progressively return to normality”. There are six stages and, as explained from the City, “the progress and its timing will depend on the evolution of the health situation.” They also clarified that “just as the data today allow us to talk about new openings, we also you could go back if the situation indicates otherwise “.
The arguments are that the average number of new cases per day continues to decline. “In the last 3 weeks, it fell from 1,000 to 700,” explained the Head of Government, adding: “The R remains below 1, at 0.93. And the occupation of intensive care beds in the public sector dropped from 44% to 33%. 80% of the city’s population over 18 years of age you already have at least one dose applied. And the second doses are applied to the extent provided by the national government. “
This is the focus that can stop the plan the most, since the latent threat of the delta variant can increase daily infections, as happened in other parts of the world, and force to impose restrictions again. So far, both the City and the country seek to accelerate the application of second doses to achieve greater protection against new variants.
The opening plan begins this Tuesday, with stage 1.
The City’s gyms will be able to expand the service capacity to 50% of their capacity.
Circulation will no longer be restricted. You will no longer need a permit to drive between 0 and 6 in the morning. In addition, the public transport will continue to be for those authorized until today, but it will be possible to add the construction workers. And they go to open 10 subway stations. This will reach 79 open stations out of the 90 that the network has.
The outdoor encounters in the public space are without restriction of number of people. In the houses and apartments they will be allowed up to 10 people only outdoors, that is, in patios, terraces or balconies. And you have to avoid encounters in closed places.
All the shops they will be able to increase the maximum capacity of the premises up to 50%, with protocols.
Regarding cultural activities, the maximum capacity of the rooms will be hold at 50%, like religious celebrations in temples. The gyms they will increase their maximum capacity at 50%.
Day centers for the elderly and retirement centers will be able to resume their activities with a 50% capacity and protocols.
Regarding the tourism, increases the maximum capacity to 50% in the common areas of hotels, and the maximum capacity for business tourism is increased to 50%.
In public transport, in addition to those authorized and construction workers, business employees will also be able to travel.
The social gatherings at home They will increase their maximum capacity to 20 people if they are outdoors and 10 people if they are in closed spaces, always guaranteeing adequate ventilation.
All businesses will be able to increase the maximum capacity of the premises up to 80% and with protocols.
The gyms they will increase their capacity to 80%, as well as cultural events and religious celebrations.
The offices are going to increase their capacity to 50%. And massive events will be able to take place outdoors with a maximum capacity of 30%.
They will be open all stations of the subway network.
Meetings in outdoor houses will be unrestricted. And in closed spaces the maximum is going to be 20 people.
All commercial activity will have 80% capacity Inside the premises with protocols and it will be able to open until 2 in the morning, including the gastronomic and cultural sectors and social and recreational activities. Also at this stage the capacity for tourism will be expanded.
It is going to be able gradually stop wearing the mask: it will only be mandatory in closed spaces and in public transport, which will be allowed without restrictions. The same will happen with businesses, which will work without restrictions, with protocols.
The meetings both in the public space and in homes will be without restrictions and with protocols. Nighttime activities will no longer have time restrictions and will be able to increase their capacity to 80% outdoors and 50% indoors. And tourism is also going to stop having restrictions.
Professional activities, culture and businesses will also no longer have restrictions. And the massive shows are going to reach 80% of maximum capacity.
Back to normal, without restrictions or protocols. No use of a mask or social distancing.