- Title: Despite closures, parts of Mexico City go on as normal
- Date: 23rd March 2020
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (MARCH 23, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MANY PEOPLE EXITING THE METRO STATION, SOME WEARING FACE MASKS MAN BUYING NEWSPAPER FROM A VENDOR MANY PEOPLE EXITING METRO STATION VARIOUS OF PEOPLE BUYING FOOD FROM STREET VENDORS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NEWSPAPER VENDOR, JUAN GUTIERREZ, SAYING: "How are they going to rest during a quarantine if they don't have money? If they live - rather they live daily? If the vendor lives day to day, if we don't come to work, if we don't work what will we eat?"
- Keywords: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador COVID-19 closures
- Reuters ID: LVA001C69YCEF
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Duration: 00:00:46
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Many Mexicans went about their daily activities on Monday (March 23) even as many businesses closed down amid the escalating coronavirus outbreak.
Though some commuters wore facemasks, the metro trains were busy with activity. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic seemed at its normal levels in some parts of the city.
One newspaper vendor who continued to sell papers said it is difficult for people whose income is based on day-to-day work could not afford to stay home.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador echoed those sentiments in his daily news conference.
Still, some businesses remained shuttered and some restaurants limited their service to carry-out.
Over the weekend, the streets in the heart of Mexico City grew noticeably quiet after the mayor ordered a popular outdoors event suspended along with other measures.
The Mexican capital Sunday bike circuit usually draws some 50,000 participants, mostly bikers as well as runners and skaters, but only a tiny fraction showed up on Sunday after Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum ordered it closed due to the risk of spreading coronavirus.
She ordered from Monday the closure of the city's many museums, nightclubs and gyms while also issuing a ban on events where 50 or more people might congregate.
Over 300 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Mexico.
(Production: Carlos Carrillo)
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