There again will be nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia from January 14 to 19. Also, Pico y Cedula resumes on Thursday, January 14.
According to El Colombiano, the governor of Antioquia, Aníbal Gaviria, announced new coronavirus preventative measures that will take effect starting on Thursday January 14 in an attempt to prevent the collapse of the health system.
After a dialogue with the mayors of the Aburrá Valley and the other subregions of Antioquia, Gaviria announced that there will be a nightly curfew for the 125 municipalities of the department of Antioquia starting on Thursday, January 14, until next Tuesday, January 19 from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, every day. This is similar to previous nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia.
In addition, Pico y Cedula will return in Medellín, the Aburrá Valley and the Oriente region of Antioquia starting from January 14, 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.
Editor note on January 15: According to the Mayor of Medellin on Twitter, the curfew in Medellín starting on January 15 now starts at 8 pm on January 15 until January 18 at 5 am (so is essentially a quarantine over the weekend).
Note this weekend curfew starts at a different time in the rest of the Aburrá Valley: According to the Antioquia Government on Twitter, the weekend curfew in Envigado, Sabaneta, Itagüí, Caldas, La Estrella, Bello, Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa, now starts at 6 pm on January 16 until January 18 at 5 am.
Nightly Curfew in Antioquia from January 14 to 19
All of Antioquia will have strict nightly curfews starting on January 14 to 19 on the following days with exceptions for the Aburrá Valley in bold:
- January 14 – 10 pm to 5 am
- January 15– 10 pm to 5 am (in Medellín starts at 8 pm until 5 am on January 18)
- January 16 – 10 pm to 5 am (in Envigado, Sabaneta, Itagüí, Caldas, La Estrella, Bello, Copacabana, Girardota y Barbosa starts at 6 pm until 5 am on January 18)
- January 17 – 10 pm to 5 am
- January 18 – 10 pm to 5 am
- January 19 – 10 pm to 5 am
Also, Medellín and the other nine municipalities in the Aburrá Valley will continue Pico y Cedula starting at midnight on January 14, which restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your ID.. The Pico y Cedula restriction applies for going to grocery shops, malls, small tiendas, pharmacies 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.
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.
- Curfews – very likely
- Dry law on holidays and weekends – likely
- 4/3 – 4 days working and 3 days quarantine weekly – possible
- Lockdowns of specific neighborhoods – possible
- National quarantine – unlikely
- Pico y cedula – likely
- Closing airports – very unlikely
The curfew measures being taken in January in Medellín and Antioquia demonstrate that this is the most likely preventative measures to be taken in the future. Also, Medellín and the Aburrá Valley are continuing the Pico y Cedula restriction that restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your cedula.
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 this is a fast-moving topic:
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- PCR Test: How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Medellín
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- Colombia is Buying 10 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine from Pfizer
- Does Colombia Require a COVID-19 Test for International Travelers?
- 8 Reasons Why Colombia is Unlikely to Return to a Quarantine
- Coronavirus Cases Increase in Medellín: What Happens Next?
- New Normal in Medellín: Medellín is Returning to Normal
- Will the Quarantine Return to Colombia? What if Cases Increase?
- New Normal in Medellín: Medellín is Returning to Normal
- Colombia’s Quarantine Ends on September 1: New Phase Starts
- Tourism Impact of Coronavirus: Colombia Starts to Reactivate Tourism
- Economy Impacts in Colombia Due to Extended Quarantine
- Epicenter of Coronavirus in Colombia: Bogotá is the Epicenter
- Medellín Plans the Total Reopening of Economic Activities in the City
- When Will the Quarantine End in Colombia? On September 1?
- Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries
- Beware of Fake News in Colombia About Coronavirus and Quarantines
- Reopening Gymnasiums, Churches and Movie Theaters in Colombia
- Reopening Amusement Parks, Zoos and Nature Reserves in Colombia
- Medellín Starts Free COVID-19 Tests on the Medellín Metro
- New COVID-19 Preventive Measures in Medellín to Contain the Pandemic
- Penalties for Violating the Quarantine in Medellín are Stiff
- COVID-19 Orange Alert in Bogotá: New Lockdowns in Bogotá
- Medellín Starts to Lift the Quarantine: Enters Smart Isolation Phase
- Colombia Started to Lift the Quarantine – What Does this Mean?
- Coronavirus: When Will the Quarantine Be Lifted in Colombia?
- Colombia Starts to Lift the Quarantine in COVID-19 Free Areas
- Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1
- Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality – Current Status
- Coronavirus Hospitalization in Colombia: Myth vs Reality
- Are Medellín and Antioquia Winning the Coronavirus Battle?
- 23 Cities with a Major Increase in Coronavirus Cases in Colombia
- Colombia Coronavirus Death Rate: What are the Chances of Dying?
- Coronavirus: When Will Things Return to Normal in Colombia?
- COVID-19 Testing in Colombia: Realty About Coronavirus Testing
- Life as an Expat: During Medellín’s Coronavirus Quarantine
- Colombian Visa Process Changes: Due to Quarantine and Coronavirus
- Medellín Coronavirus Closures – What is Closed in Medellín?
- Pico y Cedula: A Restriction for Grocery Shopping in the Aburrá Valley During the Quarantine
- Pico y Cedula in Colombia: Which is Strictest Out of 5 Largest Cities?
- Medellín Quarantine Starts on March 20 for Four Days
The Bottom Line: Nightly Curfews in Medellín and Antioquia from January 14 to 19
There are strict strict nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia for six days in January from January 14 to January 19.
In addition, Medellín and the Aburrá Valley will resume Pico y Cedula starting on January 14, which restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your ID,
Coronavirus cases have been increasing in Medellín and Antioquia over the past month resulting in increased ICU occupancy. However, Antioquia has been taking actions to add ICU beds and reduce 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 try to update our popular article about coronavirus hospitalization in Colombia weekly with updates on ICU utilization.
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Editors note: updated on January 14, 2021 with information that Pico y Cedula starts on January 14.
Editors note: updated on January 15, 2021 with information that nightly curfews in Medellín starting on January 15 now start at 8 pm until 5 am on January 18.
Editors note: updated again on January 15, 2021 with information that the nightly curfews in Envigado, Sabaneta, Itagüí, Caldas, La Estrella, Bello, Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa over the weekend start on January 16 at 6 pm.