September 4, 2020
coronavirus
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Five municipalities in the Metropolitan Region and two in Valparaíso move to the Preparation Stage

Five municipalities in the Metropolitan Region and two in Valparaíso move to the Preparation Stage
This stage allows people to go out and engage in physical activity, and restaurants and cafés may serve clients in open spaces such as terraces and sidewalks.

In the municipality of Ñuñoa, Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza, Mayor Andrés Zarhi and the President of the Ñuñoa Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Hugo Córdova, launched the Preparation Stage, or Step 3 of the Plan Paso a Paso (step-by-step plan), which the municipalities of Los Andes and San Felipe in the Valparaíso Region and Vitacura, Las Condes, Ñuñoa, Providencia and San José de Maipo in the Metropolitan Region are all entering.

The Public Health Undersecretary noted that this stage requires a great deal of commitment and responsibility on the part of local residents given that people may go out and engage in physical activity, and restaurants and cafés may serve clients in open spaces such as terraces and sidewalks, “maintaining mask use any time people are not eating and two meters of physical distance between the tables or 25% seating capacity. This requires a great deal of commitment and responsibility because we do not want these municipalities to regress,” she added.

Ñuñoa Mayor Andrés Zarhi praised local residents’ commitment and announced that Calle 19 de Abril will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays so that restaurants can use the space and that those with terraces can expand them at no additional cost. He also noted that officials will ensure that safety measures are followed. “We have 15 officials that we are sending out on behalf of the Health Ministry so that they are prepared and have the authority to issue fines if health measures are not followed,” he explained.

For his part, Hugo Córdova called on the food industry and its clients to respond to these announcements with a great deal of responsibility and highlighted the importance of self-care among owners and clients, “taking guests’ temperatures at the entrance, practicing hand washing, sanitizing bathrooms and requiring mask use when guests leave the table. These are all factors to be aware of because this will serve as an example to the rest of the business world.”

The Health Undersecretary explained that food may not be shared by clients seated at the same table, that it must be consumed using individual plates and that masks must be stored and not left out on tables. All of these measures are meant to protect residents and decrease the risk of contagion as much as possible. Undersecretary Daza also noted that bars may not reopen during this stage.