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 1510 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.

Pico y Cedula shopping restrictions

Pico y Cedula shopping restrictions

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 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.

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 this is a fast-moving topic:

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.

 

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