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Companies are fined for failing to comply


The state government and municipalities of the metropolis warned of sanctions for non-essential businesses or commercial activities that remain open

April 2, 2020 - 05:00 a.m.

Since last night, surveillance began by the State Government and the municipal administrations of the metropolis, to close businesses considered non-essential in the event of the emergency by COVID-19.  THE INFORMER / A.  CamachoSince last night, surveillance began by the State Government and the municipal administrations of the metropolis, to close businesses considered non-essential in the event of the emergency by COVID-19. THE INFORMER / A. Camacho

The State Government and the municipalities of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area (ZMG) began to monitor that non-essential activities close due to the health emergency by COVID-19.

It was also reported that those who do not respect this provision, which was issued to prevent coronavirus cases from increasing, will be sanctioned.

The Secretary of Labor, Marco Valerio Pérez, explained that, although it is not the intention, companies that fail to comply will be charged, fined, closed and even criminal penalties could be applied to their owners.

Last night, the Guadalajara City Council began the review in the Chapultepec area , with the presence of police, firefighters, and Inspection and Surveillance personnel.

"It was agreed to give a 24-hour grace period to start complying with this emergency agreement," said Erik Tapia, chief of staff.

The state executive and the private initiative requested support from the federal government during the contingency to avoid layoffs.

In this sense, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS) will intervene if abuses by companies are detected.

"(The workers) have to go to shelter, to take care of their homes with wages, not fired without pay, this is the law," said the President.

The essential twists

These are the activities that are considered necessary during the contingency:

  • Financial (banks).
  • Tax collection.
  • Distribution and sale of energy (gas stations and gas).
  • Generation and distribution of drinking water.
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages industry.
  • Food markets, supermarkets, self-service stores, grocery and prepared food sales.
  • Passenger and cargo transportation services.
  • Agricultural, fishing and livestock production, agro-industry and chemical industry.
  • Cleaning products.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Courier services.
  • Guards in private security tasks.
  • Nurseries and children's rooms.
  • Nursing homes and stays for older adults.
  • Shelters and care centers for women victims of violence.
  • Telecommunications and information media.
  • Private emergency services.
  • Funeral and burial services.
  • Storage and cold chain services for essential supplies.
  • Logistics (airports, ports and railways).
  • Government social programs.
  • Public security and citizen protection.
  • Procurement and delivery of justice.
  • Legislative activity at the federal and state levels.
  • Those necessary for the conservation, maintenance and repair of infrastructure that ensures production and distribution of essential services (drinking water, electricity, gas, oil, gasoline, jet fuel, basic sanitation, public transportation, hospital and medical infrastructure).

They ask for federal support to companies

The Governor asked the federal government to reconsider support for the Private Initiative. "It is a joint call: Government, private sector and unions, a respectful call to the Government of the Republic and the President to reconsider the position that has been taken regarding support for the Private Initiative to face this circumstance."

He commented that if employers do their part to support their workers, it is essential that the Federation do the same. “They are not asking for tax forgiveness; they are asking for oxygen so they can do their part. ”

Beaches, spas and tourist destinations, closed by the virus

The state's beaches, spas and water parks should also close until the contingency for the coronavirus COVID-19 ends. The measures will be extended to the municipalities that are a mountain tourist destination and the Magical Towns, informed the Governor of Jalisco.

"To people who are thinking of going to a tourist destination, do not go and make the mistake of thinking that things are going to be as if nothing happened," he reported.

The metropolitan councils have already started with the inspection of non-essential businesses, so that they comply with the sanitary emergency decree announced by the Federation.

Guadalajara will have 300 inspectors, police and firefighters to carry out the inspection of 77,000 businesses in the city, of which it is estimated that 20,000 must remain open.

Restaurants may remain open with adequate sanitation measures. Also supermarkets and pharmacies, but clothing, cosmetics and toy stores in squares or shopping areas must close.

The state president confirmed that there is an intention to apply sanitary filters in highway accesses that have been defined as strategic, and are in the details of the application because they must be reviewed by federal authorities.

Google translation from Informador.

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