Mexico City, March 27th, 2020.
On March 24, 2020, the Ministry of Health published in the Federal Official Gazette, the Accordance by means of which preventive measures for the mitigation and control of the health risks resulting from the COVID-19 virus, (herein after the «Accordance»), which became effective on the same date of its publication.On March 24, 2020, the Ministry of Health published in the Federal Official Gazette, the Accordance by means of which preventive measures for the mitigation and control of the health risks resulting from the COVID-19 virus, (herein after the «Accordance»), which became effective on the same date of its publication.
The measures that the Accordance orders to be implemented, named “National Day for a Healthy Distance”,
are the following:
1.Social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, aiming at decreasing person-to-person transmission
and reducing the burden of disease, to ensure access to hospital care.
2.Preventive measures for the public, private and social sectors as follows:
a)Avoiding attendance at workplaces, public spaces and other crowded places to:
-Adults over 65 years of age.
-Groups of persons at risk of developing and/or dying from serious illness. This groups include pregnant women or women that are breastfeeding; children under 5 years of age; people with disabilities; people with chronic non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, lung hypertension, kidney failure, lupus, cancer, diabetes mellitus, obesity, liver or metabolic failure, heart disease; and those persons with a medical condition or treatment that causes suppression of the immune system.
The aforementioned persons must be granted with paid leave and any other benefits as set out in the
b) Temporary suspension of school activities at all levels until next April 17, 2020.
c) Temporary suspension of activities in the public, private and social sectors requiring travel and/or
physical concentration of persons until next April 19, 2020.
The agencies and entities of the Federal Public Administration must implement plans that guarantee the
continuity of their operations for the fulfilment of their essential functions related to the mitigation and
control of the health risks resulting from the disease caused by the COVID-19 virus as well as guarantee the
human rights of working people.
Companies, businesses, commercial establishments and all those others that are necessary to face the
contingency will continue operating. This category includes, but is not limited to, hospitals, clinics,
pharmacies, laboratories, medical and financial services, telecommunications and information media,
hotel and restaurant services, gas stations, markets, supermarkets, miscellaneous, transportation
services and distribution of gas, as long as they do not corres pond to closed spaces with crowds.
d) Suspension of massive events, meetings and congregations of more than 100 people.
e) Comply with the hygiene measures and recommendations of healthy distance (i.e. frequent hand
washing, sneezing or coughing by covering the mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or with the
3.Communication and coordination between the Federal Public Administration and the Ministry of Health
must exist for the implementation of the measures set forth in the Accordance.
4. The Ministry of Health will be the solely responsible of issuing and using and use of the official information
resulting from the Accordance.
The Administrative Law and Corporate Law practices will continue to monitor and inform of any new
developments in this area.
Daniel del Río
Juan Carlos Serra