Isabela Island in Galapagos applies restrictions for COVID-19 infections; Mayor and four councilors were infected

Isabela Island in Galapagos applies restrictions for COVID-19 infections; Mayor and four councilors were infected

Guayaquil Newsroom
November 7, 2020 10:43 AM

The police and personnel of the Municipality of Isabela carry out control of restrictions in the canton of the Galapagos Islands. Photo: Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of Isabela

Isabela in the Galapagos archipelago went in 15 days from zero active cases to 16 new confirmed cases of covid-19 ending Thursday, November 5, for which the cantonal Emergency Operations Committee (COE) approved a series of restrictions. There are 47 accumulated cases on the island throughout the pandemic.

“We have decided to restrict some internal activities in order to avoid crowds. Tourism is still open with the proper security measures,” said the mayor of Isabela, Bolívar Tupiza, on Friday afternoon, November 6.

Among those infected on the island, of just over 3,000 inhabitants, are four out of five members of the Cantonal Council and the mayor himself, who remains in Guayaquil and declares himself partially recovered, with mild symptoms, eight days after being diagnosed together with the councilors.

Among the measures that were enacted from this same Thursday, the cantonal COE decided to temporarily suspend all sports activities (indoor soccer fields, volleyball, cocktails) in Isabela until a new evaluation is completed. The temporary closure of bars, bars, billiards, karaoke bars, discotheques and tolerance centers was also ordered for 14 days.

The allowed capacity will be 50% in commercial establishments and in strict compliance with biosecurity measures.

It was also ordered to suspend the execution of public Christmas and New Year’s festivities. The caravans and activities of a political nature, which involve public attendance, must be previously authorized by the Municipality.

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