Nightly curfews that started on January 14 in Medellín and Antioquia were until February 2. But curfews in parts of Antioquia not including Medellín were extended to February 17.

According to El Colombiano, the governor of Antioquia, Aníbal Gaviria, announced new coronavirus preventative measures that started 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 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 the weekend curfew started 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.

Editor note on January 20. According to El Colombiano, at night on January 19, Aníbal Gaviria, the governor of Antioquia announced the extension of nightly curfews in Medellín and all of Antioquia from January 20 to 26. There will be nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia from 10 pm to 5 am each night from January 20 until January 26. Also pico y cedula is extended to January 26 in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.

Editor note on January 25. According to El Colombiano, Aníbal Gaviria, the governor of Antioquia announced the extension of nightly curfews in Medellín and all of Antioquia from January 27 to February 1. There will be nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia from midnight to 5 am each night from January 27 until February 2. Also pico y cedula is extended to February 2 in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.

EDITOR NOTE on January 27: According to El Colombiano, Daniel Quintero, mayor of Medellín, announced through his Twitter account that there will be no curfew in Medellín: “Instead we will have a nightly dry law: between midnight and 5:00 am that will apply on Friday January 29 and Saturday January 30. It is not party time ”. So, Medellín is NOT included in the nightly curfew from January 27 to February 2.

EDITOR NOTE on February 4: According to Minuto30, Aníbal Gaviria, the governor of Antioqui announced nightly curfews in parts of Antioquia from midnight to 5 am in the following municipalities in Antioquia: Bello, Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa in the Aburrá Valley and Urabá, Occidente, Suroeste, Oriente, Norte, Nordeste, Bajo Cauca and Magdalena Medio, In the Aburrá Valley, Medellín, Sabaneta, La Estrella, Envigado, Caldas and Itagüí no longer have nightly curfews. Also, Pico y Cedula in Antioquia has ended.

EDITOR NOTE on February 11: According to El Colombiano, Aníbal Gaviria, the governor of Antioqui announced nightly curfews from midnight to 5 am in 118 municipalities in Antioquia located in the Urabá, Occidente, Suroeste, Oriente, Norte, Nordeste, Bajo Cauca and Magdalena Medio regions of Antioquia. The nightly curfews are from February 11 to 17.

In the Aburrá Valley, only Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa will have these nightly curfews from February 11 to 17. In the Aburrá Valley, Medellín, Sabaneta, Bello, La Estrella, Envigado, Caldas and Itagüí no longer have nightly curfews. Also, Pico y Cedula in Antioquia has ended.

Nightly Curfew in Antioquia from January 14 to February 17

All of Antioquia will have strict nightly curfews starting on January 14 to February 2 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
  • January 20 – 10 pm to 5 am
  • January 21 – 10 pm to 5 am
  • January 22 – 10 pm to 5 am
  • January 23 – 10 pm to 5 am
  • January 24 – 10 pm to 5 am
  • January 25 – 10 pm to 5 am
  • January 26 – 10 pm to 5 am

From January 27 to February 2, the nightly curfew is for ll of Antioquia NOT including Medellín

  • January 27 – midnight to 5 am
  • January 28 – midnight to 5 am
  • January 29 – midnight to 5 am
  • January 30 – midnight to 5 am
  • January 31 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 1 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 2 – midnight to 5 am

From February 4 to February 10, the nightly curfew is only in Bello, Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa in the Aburrá Valley and Urabá, Occidente, Suroeste, Oriente, Norte, Nordeste, Bajo Cauca and Magdalena Medio regions.

  • February 4 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 5 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 6 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 7 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 7 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 9 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 10 – midnight to 5 am

From February 11 to February 17, the nightly curfew is only in Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa in the Aburrá Valley and Urabá, Occidente, Suroeste, Oriente, Norte, Nordeste, Bajo Cauca and Magdalena Medio regions.

  • February 11 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 12 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 13 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 14 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 15 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 16 – midnight to 5 am
  • February 17 – midnight to 5 am

Also, Medellín and the other nine municipalities in the Aburrá Valley continued Pico y Cedula starting at midnight on January 14 until February 2, which restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your ID. The Pico y Cedula restriction applied for going to grocery shops, malls, small tiendas, pharmacies and also includes banking and notary services. However, Pico y Cedula in Antioquia ended on February 2.

From January 20 to February 2, Pico y Cedula applies only in the 10 municipalities in the Aburrá Valley and in Rionegro, Guarne, El Carmen de Viboral, El Retiro, El Santuario, Marinilla and La Ceja.

If your ID ended 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 February 17

There are strict strict nightly curfews in Antioquia from January 14 to February 17 that have been extended in some parts of Antioquia.

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.

Editors note: updated on January 20, 2021 with information the the nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia have been extended from January 20 to 26 are from 10 pm to 5 am each night.

Editors note: updated on January 25, 2021 with information the the nightly curfews in Medellín and Antioquia have been extended from January 27 to February 2 are from midnight to 5 am each night.

Editors note: updated on January 27, 2021 with information that Medellín will not have the nightly curfew from January 27 to February 2. This nightly curfew is in effect for the other 124 municipalities in Antioquia.

Editors note: updated on February 4, 2021 with information that a nightly curfew continues in Antioquia in a limited number of municipalities from February 4 to 10. In the Aburrá Valley, only Bello, Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa will have nightly curfews. Medellín, Sabaneta, La Estrella, Envigado, Caldas and Itagüí no longer have nightly curfews. 

Editors note: updated on February 11, 2021 with information that a nightly curfew continues in Antioquia in a limited number of municipalities from February 11 to 17. In the Aburrá Valley, only Copacabana, Girardota and Barbosa will have nightly curfews. Medellín, Sabaneta, Bello, La Estrella, Envigado, Caldas and Itagüí no longer have nightly curfews. 

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