The drastic decision would be announced this Thursday at evening by President Alberto Fernández in the Olivos farm. There will be strong restrictions
The Government will begin to define this Thursday afternoon together with the governors of the entire country when and how the drastic measure to adopt the total quarantine would be launched.
The announcement will be this Thursday at 5 pm in the Quinta de Olivos, where the spaces are more spacious and ventilated than in the Casa Rosada offices.
If the measure is applied, the restrictions and limitations on movement will have a huge impact on the daily life of Argentines. With limited exceptions, the majority of citizens must remain in their homes and can only go out to buy food or medicine.
The total quarantine, if it is applied, will determine that the schools remain closed – today they are already without teaching – and the borders. No one may enter or leave the country by any means, be it cars, buses, trains or planes.
But it will also fully affect the commercial sector. It will not open any business that is not considered essential, this is supermarkets -to guarantee basic products- and pharmacies.
The public and private health system and all its workers who will be enabled to circulate are also considered essential.
Shopping malls and businesses with street sales of all non-essential items will be closed. Also squares, parks, restaurants, gyms, bars, cinemas and theaters. Everyday life must take place within homes.
Some everyday examples that will not be allowed. You will not be able to go out to exercise or walk in a public space. Delivery will not work nor will shipments be made for purchases made online.
If you take the model that is being used in Spain and Italy, those who have pets will be allowed to go for walks. Only one of the owners and for very limited times.
The government’s idea, if it finally takes this measure, is to appease the contagion curve, official sources assure. If the decision is delayed, it is partly due to the economic effects of the measure.
The total quarantine, in addition, will involve a monumental deployment of the security forces, which are considered “essential” and will be able to circulate.
The Unified Command created by the Government to control those who are currently in quarantine, will have a key role.
It is made up of the four federal forces – Federal Police, Gendarmerie, Prefecture and Airport Security Police – and will be responsible for ensuring that people do not circulate on the streets. This work will be joined by local police, such as the City Police in the Federal Capital.
Beyond tight controls, there may be limited exceptions. What will happen, for example, to the children of separated parents? Will they be able to move to visit them in their homes or fulfill the shared guard? In other countries they are authorized to circulate only to visit their mothers or fathers and would be the model to follow.
The same for those who have relatives who need assistance. They could circulate with some authorization to visit them.
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