In Tamaulipas, the health crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning its most critical stage.

Fortunately in Tamaulipas we have acted responsibly. Since January 15, we have installed the state technical committee on health, which has indicated the preventive measures we need to take. 

We have done so in a timely manner, from the early suspension of school classes, the prohibition of massive events, the closure of tourist destinations and places, the suspension of non-essential activities, sanitary surveillance measures at airports, border ports and seaports, among other provisions.

Thanks to these measures and the efforts of the Tamaulipecos we are one of the states with the lowest incidence rate in the Republic.

However, and despite all this effort in recent days, we had a significant increase in infections among which find the cases that have arisen in the immigrant population established along the border.

Therefore, preventive and care measures must be stricter and we must stay at home and reduce our external mobility. 

We enter the stage of greatest expansion of infection and as a consequence of the greatest risk of saturation of hospital services. Therefore, we must be stricter with preventive measures. 

Friends, in Tamaulipas we cannot lower our guard at this time. For this reason and with the sole purpose of saving lives and protecting the health of Tamaulipas, tomorrow I will be signing a decree to establish mandatory the following measures determined by the state committee for health safety.

The decree establishes the temporary closure of all non-essential activities. The only activities that will be allowed will be in pharmacies, laboratories, clinics, food stores and restaurants (take-away service), water, gas and gas stations.

The “Doble no circula” (Double does not Circulate) program will be applied in the cities of Reynosa, Matamoros, Tampico, Altamira, Ciudad Madero, El Mante, San Fernando, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Victoria, and Río Bravo.

Vehicles with plates ending in 0 and 1 will not circulate on Monday; on Tuesday those ended at 2 and 3 will not circulate ; on Wednesday those ended at 4 and 5 will not circulate ; on Thursday those ended at 6 and 7 will not circulate ; on Friday those ended at 8 and 9 will not circulate. This measure will apply to national and foreign vehicles and defines exceptions for vehicles in emergency situations, government and business work officials.

The decree will establish the closure of all the state’s shopping centers and the placement of filters to reduce mobility between municipalities, with the presence of public safety and health authorities, in the entrances to cities, mainly with a greater number of positive cases of COVID-19. .

Filters will also be reinforced at the highway accesses that connect Tamaulipas with Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Veracruz, in addition to international crossings.

Self-service stores will also be encouraged to intensify preventive measures such as the use of face masks, antibacterial gel, allowing one person per family to enter the store, disinfecting carts, and using gloves.

The use of face masks will be compulsory for people who exercise outdoors.

The authorities in charge of following up on these recommendations are the State Health Secretariat, the General Government Secretariat and the Municipal Presidencies.

As of the decree, sanctions will be established that range from an economic fine and administrative arrest, which may be replaced by community work, in case the indicated provisions are not respected.

We know that these are difficult times and expanding social isolation will have economic consequences.

But, whilst we are also concerned about this, we are making the best decisions to save companies and jobs.

We are facing the worst crisis in the recent history of humanity whose consequences are still not clear in the world. 

Today is time for unity and we are faced with the obligation to think about the present and future of Tamaulipas with the support of all.

We are all going to win the battle with the pandemic and we are going continue building the shared dream of a prosperous and safe Tamaulipas.

Here is Governor Cabeza de Vaca’s Video:

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