A curfew and dry law in Medellín and Antioquia was during Semana Santa and is extended to April 26 with nightly and weekend curfews due to an increase in ICU occupancy in Medellín and Antioquia.

According to El Colombiano, the governor of Antioquia, Luis Fernando Suárez Vélez, said that starting on Thursday, March 25, there will be a a nightly curfew and a dry law in the 125 municipalities of the department of Antioquia. And this was confirmed on the Antioquia Government website.

Also, Pico y Cedula will return in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia starting on March 25, which only applies to commercial activities like grocery stores and going to the bank and does not apply to transportation like using the Medellín metro and does not apply to restaurants, churches or pharmacies.

According to El Colombiano on March 30, Luis Fernando Suárez, confirmed that given the increase in COVID-19 cases and the occupation of 90 percent of the ICU beds in the department, it was decided to reinforce the restrictive measures that will be in force in the coming days. From March 31 to April 4, the curfew in Medellín and all 125 municipalities of Antioquia will be nightly from 5 pm to 5 am.

According to El Colombiano on April 4, the nightly curfew in Medellín and Antioquia was be extended until April 19. In Medellín and the Aburrá Valley  and Rionegro, El Santuario, Marinilla, El Retiro, Guarne, La Ceja, El Carmen de Viboral, San Vicente, and La Unión del Oriente the nightly curfew from April 5 to 19 is from 6 pm to 5 am nightly with also a dry law. In the rest of Antioquia the nightly curfew is from 8 pm to 5 am with a dry law on these days.

According to El Colombiano on April 7, this changed there was a curfew for over three days from April 8 at 8 pm until April 12 at 5 am in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, Valle de San Nicolás, San Jerónimo, Sopetrán, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Ebéjico, Angelópolis, Heliconia and Armenia. In the rest of Antioquia the nightly curfew is from 8 pm to 5 am continues.

According to El Colombiano on April 11, it was announced there will a curfew for over three days from April 15 at 8 pm until April 19 at 5 am in Medellín and all of Antioquia.

According to El Colombiano on April 17, it was announced there will another curfew for over three days from April 22 at 8 pm until April 26 at 5 am in Medellín and all of Antioquia.

New Curfew Measures from President Duque

On April 4, President Duque announced measures for curfews and pico y cedula in Colombian municipalities depending on ICU occupancy from April 5 to April 19.

  • For cities with ICU occupancy between 50 and 69 percent – optionally establish pico y cedula measures and establish curfews between midnight and 5:00 am.
  • For cities with ICU occupancy between 70 and 79 percent – establish pico y cedula measures and establish curfews between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am
  • For cities with ICU occupancy between 80 and 85 percent – establish pico y cedula measures and establish curfews between between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am.
  • For cities with an ICU occupancy greater than 85 percent – establish pico y cedula measures and establish curfews between between between 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

On April 17, the ICU occupation in Antioquia was 97.39 percent out of a total of 1,420 ICUs available in Antioquia.

Nightly Curfew and Dry Law in Antioquia from March 25 to April 26

The following are the curfew hours in Medellín and Antioquia.

  • March 25 – midnight to 5 am
  • March 26  – midnight to 5 am
  • March 27 – midnight to 5 am
  • March 28 – midnight to 5 am
  • March 29 – midnight to 5 am
  • March 30 – midnight to 5 am
  • March 31 – 5 pm to 5 am
  • April 1 – 5 pm to 5 am
  • April 2 – 5 pm to 5 am
  • April 3 – 5 pm to 5 am
  • April 4 – 5 pm to 5 am
  • April 5 – 6 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + nine other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 6 – 6 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + nine other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 7 – 6 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + nine other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 8 – 8 pm to 5 am April 12 in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + eight other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 9 – 24 hour curfew in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + nine other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 10 – 24 hour curfew in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + eight other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 11 – 24 hour curfew and until April 12 at 5 am in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley + eight other municipalities, 8 pm to 5 am in the rest of Antioquia
  • April 12 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 13 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 14 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 15 – 8 pm to 5 am on April 19 in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 16 – 24 hour curfew in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 17 – 24 hour curfew in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 18 – 24 hour curfew and until 4am on April 19 in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 19 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 20 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 21 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 22 – 8 pm to 5 am on April 26 in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 23 – 24 hour curfew in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 24 – 24 hour curfew in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 25 – 24 hour curfew and until 5 am on April 26 in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia
  • April 26 – 8 pm to 5 am in Medellín and the rest of Antioquia

Exceptions to the Curfew

Exceptions to the weekend curfews includes going to/from the airport for flights and walking a dog. Also, according to Governor Suárez, a single person per per household can go out on Pico y Cedula days for essential goods like groceries and at pharmacies.

In addition, you are not permitted to go out for exercise during these curfews. There is an exception only in Sabaneta where outside exercise if permitted.

Also exempt from the curfew are trips to medical and veterinary emergencies, as well as people who are scheduled for COVID-19 vaccination. Patients may attend COVID-19 vaccinations with another person.

Restaurants can be open for delivery services. To verify the exception, a worker must present evidence (documentation) that indicates the work activity to be carried out or the emergency situation to be addressed.

Circulation through national and departmental roads is allowed, Likewise, the airports will remain open during the curfew.

El Colombiano has an article about the curfew exceptions (in Spanish) with the official decree.

Pico y Cedula shopping restrictions

Pico y Cedula shopping restrictions

Pico y Cedula Returns in Medellín and Antioquia

Starting on March 25 to April 5, Pico y Cedula returns to Medellín and Antioquia and is extended until April 19, which restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your ID. The Pico y Cedula restriction applies for going to grocery shops, small tiendas  and also includes banking and notary services.

If your ID ends with an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) you can go out shopping on even days of the week. And if your ID ends with an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) you can go out on odd days of the week. However, this restriction does not apply to going to restaurants, churches or pharmacies or using transportation.

During the weekend curfews, one per per household can go out on Pico y Cedula days for essential goods like groceries and at pharmacies.

However on April 13, 14 and 15, Pico y Cedula in Medellín and Antioquia will change for these three days:

  • April 13 – IDs ending in 0, 1, 2 and 3
  • April 14 – IDs ending in 4, 5 and 6
  • April 15 – IDs ending in 7, 8 and 9

On April 16, 17 and 18, Pico y Cedula returns to even/odd.

And on April 19 to 22, Pico y Cedula in Medellín and Antioquia will change for these days to:

  • April 19 – IDs ending in 0 and 1
  • April 20 – IDs ending in 2, 3 and 4
  • April 21 – IDs ending in 5, 6 and 7
  • April 22 – IDs ending in 8 and 9

On April 23, Pico y Cedula returns to even/odd.

What Preventative Measures Could Medellín Use?

If ICU occupancy continues to increase due to coronavirus cases increase, it is very likely that Antioquia and Medellín will take preventative measures.

We previously looked at seven preventative measures used in the past and the likelihood of whether they will be used again.

  1. Curfews – very likely
  2. Dry law on holidays and weekends – likely
  3. 4/3 – 4 days working and 3 days quarantine weekly – possible
  4. Lockdowns of specific neighborhoods – possible
  5. National quarantine – unlikely
  6. Pico y cedula – likely
  7. Closing airports – very unlikely

The curfew and dry law measures being taken at the end of March and early April in Medellín and Antioquia demonstrate that these are the most likely preventative measures to be taken in the future. Also, Medellín and Antioquia are resuming the Pico y Cedula restriction that restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your cedula.

Computer generated image of COVID-19, photo by Felipe Esquivel Reed

Computer generated image of COVID-19, photo by Felipe Esquivel Reed

Medellin Guru’s Coronavirus Series

Medellin Guru has a series of articles about the coronavirus pandemic and the impacts in Colombia: Also, these articles are being kept up-to-date, as much as we can due to this being a fast-moving topic:

The Bottom Line: Nightly Curfew and Dry Law in Medellín and Antioquia from March 25 to April 26

There will be a strict strict nightly curfew in Medellín and Antioquia from March 25 to April 19 during Semana Santa and extended for two weeks after Semana Santa.

Coronavirus cases have been increasing in Medellín and Antioquia over the few weeks resulting in increased ICU occupancy.

The bottom line is we believe that ICU occupancy is the key metric to watch to determine if Medellín and Antioquia will take additional COVID-19 preventive measures. We update our article about the coronavirus status in Colombia daily, which includes the ICU occupancy in Antioquia.

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Editors note: updated on March 30, 2021 with information that the nightly curfew in Medellín and Antioquia from March 31 to April 5 is from 5 pm to 5 am.

Editors note: updated on April 3, 2021 with information that the nightly curfew in Medellín and Antioquia is extended to April 9.

Editors note: updated on April 4, 2021 with information that the nightly curfew in Medellín and Antioquia is extended to April 19.

Editors note: updated on April 7, 2021 with information that there is now curfew in Medellín and the Aburrá valley from 8 pm on April 8 to 5 am on April 12.

Editors note: updated on April 11, 2021 with information that there is a repeat of the long weekend curfew in Medellín and Antioquia from 8 pm on April 15 to 5 am on April 19.

Editors note: updated on April 16 with more details about the weekend curfew exceptions.

Editors note: updated on April 17 with information there is a repeat of the long weekend curfew in Medellín and Antioquia from 8 pm on April 22 to 5 am on April 26.

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