Mexico City Government asks ‘non-essential’ stores to cut shopping hours

14 December 2020 (Last Updated December 14th, 2020 16:19)

The Government of Mexico City is reportedly imposing temporary restrictions on shopping hours as the number of coronavirus infections continues to surge.

Mexico City Government asks ‘non-essential’ stores to cut shopping hours
Mexico City to close non-essential stores by 5pm as Covid-19 cases surge. Credit: Eneas De Troya via Flickr.

The Government of Mexico City is reportedly imposing temporary restrictions on shopping hours as the number of coronavirus infections continues to surge.

As part of the latest containment measures to lower the infection risk, the government has asked non-essential stores in the centre of the capital to close at 5pm.

The temporary measures will also apply to stores operating in busy areas, including parts of Polanco, Santa Fe, and areas in or around Paseo de la Reforma, reported Reuters.

Shops affiliated with Mexican retailers’ association ANTAD will also remain closed on Mondays.

The government has also made it mandatory to allow only one person in the household to make purchases.

During recent weeks, cases of Covid-19 have reached record levels in Mexico City and its metropolitan area.

The government is expecting the pandemic situation to worsen until January next year.

Until now, Mexico recorded more than 1.2 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 113,000 fatalities, making it the fourth-highest death toll worldwide.

Meanwhile, mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has called on residents to stay at home and reduce their socialising instead of implementing binding restrictions.

According to ANTAD, the same-store sales at more than 62,000 stores across Mexico rose by 2.6% in November compared with the same period last year, reported the news agency.