Yesterday, the National, Province and City of Buenos Aires governments agreed to use the system as a “Dosing tool” of the use of public transport that will allow, for example, to decompress the “rush hours”.
Thus, the districts most affected by the pandemic would have one more tool that “if necessary” will allow travel “Safely to all personnel who perform essential tasks or are exempt from complying with mandatory isolation.”
However, from the Government they detailed that the measure will not govern transportation within the same jurisdiction, such as the subway. In these cases, “the decision to apply a similar measure will rest with the local government.”
The announcement generated controversy and aroused criticism from many users on social networks. So, From the Ministry of Labor today they explained that “the model is under development and will be implemented based on the growth of passengers in inter-jurisdictional transport.”
Likewise, An application for the reservation of the use of trains is also being developed, according to schedule and by DNI.
Other actions include stricter controls to cars that cross entrances from different jurisdictions; reinforcement of passenger controls that circulate within collectives; greater control at train stations and coordination of joint actions to achieve the greater distance in public transport, incorporating reinforcements in bus services.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary of National Security, Eduardo Villalba; the Minister of Infrastructure of the Province, Agustín Simone; the provincial chief of staff, Carlos Bianco; Undersecretary of Transportation of the Province, Alejo Supply; and the head of the Buenos Aires Security Policy Coordination Unit, Darío Ruiz.
For the city of Buenos Aires were the Secretary of Security, Marcelo D’Alessandro; the head of the Cabinet, Felipe Miguel; and the Secretary of Transport and Public Works, Juan José Méndez. Also accompanying were Martín Ferreiro, president of the Argentine Railways, Sociedad del Estado (FASE); and Martín Marinucci, president of Trenes Argentinos Operaciones.
The AMBA still transits the phase 3 of compulsory isolation, due to the higher concentration of coronavirus infections. According to the health surveys, 90% of COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the city and the Buenos Aires suburbs.
The latest relaxation of the quarantine defined by President Alberto Fernández triggered a series of measures to reopen economic activity throughout the country. In the AMBA, the City of Buenos Aires deepened the exceptions with the authorization of numerous items in local businesses, which generated tensions with the Buenos Aires government and the mayors of the Third Electoral Section. The latter were the most emphatic in criticizing the Buenos Aires “light” quarantine.
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