16 days after confirming the first case of coronavirus In Argentina, President Alberto Fernández established through a Decree of Necessity and Urgency the preventive and compulsory social isolation Throughout the national territory. The measure, which runs until March 31, will restrict the movement of people on public roads and will seek to curb the spread of the disease in the country, where there are already 128 infected and three dead.
During the announcement, Fernández was accompanied by the governors of Santa Fe, Omar, Perotti; from the City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta; from Jujuy, Gerardo Morales; and from the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof.
At the beginning of his speech, he announced that the April 2 holiday will be brought forward to March 31, and that the 30 will be declared a holiday. “We will do it so that in this way we have the possibility of staying in our homes and avoid further transfer of the virus from person to person“He reported. Then, he specified what the permits and prohibitions will be until March 31.
What can and cannot be done during isolation
Circulation will be restricted. In accordance with the provisions of the decree, all the inhabitants of the country must remain in their homes from 0 am on Friday, March 20. On this point, Ferández maintained: “No one has to panic. From that moment on, nobody can move from his residence. Everyone has to stay at home. “
The President stressed that it will be possible to go out to provide food, medicine and hygiene items in local shops and cleaning. “They will be able to go out to do what is necessary to continue living their habitual lives. They will be able to go to the warehouses and supermarkets, to make purchases in local businesses, hardware stores and pharmacies,” said the head of state.
However, the President clarified that the Prefecture, the Gendarmerie and the Federal and Provincial Police will control those who circulate on the streets. “He who cannot explain what he is doing will be subject to the sanctions that the Penal Code provides. We are going to be absolutely inflexible,” he stressed.
Driving on routes will be prohibited. This will apply to both nationals and those within cities across the country. However, transfers will be allowed for exceptional reasons, in addition to all the circulation that will continue to operate to guarantee essential production, supply and health services.
Meanwhile, public passenger transport will only be available for use by those who are exempt from complying with the isolation. Too the ATM system and the transfer of flows will be maintained.
The use of cars will be discouraged. For this, verifications and verifications will be made on the reasons why any person or car is transiting. Whoever cannot justify it will be sanctioned.
Further, cultural events cannot be held, recreational, sports, religious, or of any other kind that involve the concurrence of people, and the opening of premises, shopping centers, wholesale and retail establishments, and any other place that requires the presence of people is suspended.
In relation to the last point, Fernández referred to those activities that will be exempt to quarantine. On that list, he included: “Those of us who work in national, provincial, and municipal governments at the political leadership levels, those who work in health, the security forces, and the armed forces.”
Those who are engaged in the production of food, drugs and activities such as oil, refineries, media workers, people who attend others, school canteens, community and picnic areas, waste pickers, public services will also be excepted. basic, personnel of the justice services on duty, service stations and postal services.
“I trust the responsibility of all Argentines and all Argentines. I have asked all governors for the utmost severity,” added the President.