To prevent supermarkets from becoming congested with a major influx of people during the national Colombia quarantine, some municipalities in Antioquia have implemented Pico y Cedula, which restricts shopping days during the quarantine based on the last digit of your ID.

In the Aburrá Valley, five of the 10 municipalities in the valley so far have implemented Pico y Cedula including Envigado, Sabaneta, La Estrella, Bello and Copacabana.

The Pico y Cedula restriction applies for going to grocery shops, small tiendas, pharmacies and can also include banking and notary services. These restrictions start on March 25 until April 13 during the national Colombia quarantine. During this time, you are limited in the days and hours you can shop and use banks based on the last digit of your ID (cedula or passport).

Antioquia Governor Aníbal Gaviria explained that each municipality has autonomy to make this type of decision and to impose its own rules. So, this does not yet apply to all municipalities in the Aburrá Valley and Antioquia.

But keep in mind that Pico y Cedula could be added in other municipalities and could be expanded to all of Antioquia or even all of Colombia.

At least 16 other municipalities in Antioquia besides five municipalities in the Aburrá Valley have implemented Pico y Cedula. And other cities and towns in Colombia including Santa Marta, Tunja and Yopal have implemented this system.

Note that Pico y Cedula is different than Pico y Placa used to address traffic during rush hour. Pico y Cedula is when the last digit of your ID indicates you CAN go out shopping. Under Pico y Placa you are restricted from driving in Medellín during the rush hours based the last digit on a license plate for cars or first digit for motorcycles. Pico y Placa is when you CANNOT drive.

Below we look at the details of Pico y Cedula in the municipalities in the Aburrá Valley and Antioquia:

Pico y Cedula in Envigado

Pico y Cedula in Envigado

Pico y Cedula in Envigado (from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm)

  • Monday: 1, 2 and 3
  • Tuesday: 4, 5 and 6
  • Wednesday: 7, 8 and 9
  • Thursday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Friday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Saturday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Sunday: 9 and 0

Also, Envigado reports there is a penalty of up to 932,000 pesos for violating Pico y Cedula.

Pico y Cedula in Sabaneta

Pico y Cedula in Sabaneta

Pico y Cedula in Sabaneta (from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm)

  • Monday: 1, 2 and 3
  • Tuesday: 4, 5 and 6
  • Wednesday: 7, 8 and 9
  • Thursday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Friday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Saturday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Domingo: 9 and 0

Sabaneta has no restriction any day of the week for adults aged over 70 years-old from 7 am to 9 am. Also, Sabaneta reports there is a penalty of up to 1,019,488 pesos for violating Pico y Cedula.

Pico y Cedula in Bello

Pico y Cedula in Bello

Pico y Cedula in Bello (without hours)

  • Monday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Wednesday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Thursday: 9, 0 and 1
  • Friday: 2, 3 and 4
  • Saturday: 5, 6 and 7
  • Sunday: 8 and 9

Also, Bello reports there is a penalty of up to 936,323 pesos for violating Pico y Cedula or a prison term of 4 to 8 years.

Pico y Cedula in La Estrella (from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm)

  • Monday and Tuesday: it’s not allowed
  • Wednesday: 0 and 1
  • Thursday: 2 and 3
  • Friday: 4 and 5
  • Saturday: 6 and 7
  • Domingo: 8 and 9
Pico y Cedula in Copacabana

Pico y Cedula in Copacabana

Pico y Cedula in Copacabana (from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm)

  • Monday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Wednesday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Thursday: 9, 0 and 1
  • Friday: 2, 3 and 4
  • Saturday: 5, 6 and 7
  • Sunday: 8 and 9
Pico y Cedula in Rionegro

Pico y Cedula in Rionegro

Other Municipalities in Antioquia

The following other municipalities in Antioquia have implemented Pico y Cedula:

Rionegro

  • Monday: 0 and 1 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 2 and 3 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 4 and 5 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 6 and 7 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 and 9 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 0 and 1 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 2 and 3 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 6 and 7 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 6 and 7 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 8 and 9 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 0, 1 and 2 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 3 and 4 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 5, 6 and 7 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 8 and 9 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Marinilla

  • Monday: 1 and 2 – 7:00 am to 12:30 / 3 and 4 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 5 and 6 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 7 and 8 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9 and 0 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 1 and 2 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 3 and 4 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 5 and 6 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 7 and 8 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 9 and 0 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 2, 4, 6, 8 and 0 – 7:00 am to 12:00 / 1, 3, 5, 7 and 0 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: farmers only

El Retiro (uses the last two digits) 

  • Monday: 00 to 09– 7:00 am to 1:00 pm / 10 to 19 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 20 to 29– 7:00 am to 1:00 pm / 30 to 39 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 40 to 49– 7:00 am to 1:00 pm / 50 to 59 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 60 to 69– 7:00 am to 1:00 pm / 70 to 79 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 80 to 89– 7:00 am to 1:00 pm / 90 to 99 – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: restricted for all

La Ceja (from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm)

  • Monday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Wednesday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Thursday: 9, 0 and 1
  • Friday: 2, 3 and 4
  • Saturday: 5, 6 and 7
  • Sunday: 8 and 9

El Carmen de Viboral (without hours):

  • Monday: 1, 2 and 6
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 6
  • Wednesday: 5, 9 and 0
  • Thursday: 7, 1 and 8
  • Friday: 9 and 2
  • Saturday: 8, 3 and 6
  • Sunday: 0, 4 and 5

Sonsón (without hours)

  • Monday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Wednesday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Thursday: 9, 0 and 1
  • Friday: 2, 3 and 4
  • Saturday: 5, 6 and 7 (and any farmers)
  • Sunday: 8 and 9

Jericó (without hours)

  • Monday: 1, 2 and 7
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 6
  • Wednesday: 5 and 9
  • Thursday: 7, 1 and 8
  • Friday: 0, 8 and 2
  • Saturday: 8, 3 and 6
  • Sunday: 0, 4 and 5

Apartadó 

  • Monday: 1 and 2 – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm / 2 and 3 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 4 and 5 – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm / 6 and 7 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 and 9 – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm / 0 and 1 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 2 and 3 – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm / 4 and 5 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 6 and 7 – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm / 8 and 9 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 0 and 1 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am / 2 and 3 – 12:00 to 3:00 pm / 4 and 5 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 6 and 7 – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm / 8 and 9 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Támesis (without hours)

  • Monday: 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3 and 4
  • Wednesday: 5 and 6
  • Thursday: 7 and 8
  • Friday: 9 and 0
  • Saturday and Sunday: only residents of rural areas

Jardín (without hours) 

  • Monday: 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3 and 4
  • Wednesday: 5 and 6
  • Thursday: 7 and 8
  • Friday: 9 and 0
  • Saturday and Sunday: only residents of rural areas

Amagá (without hours)

  • Monday: 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3 and 4
  • Wednesday: 5 and 6
  • Thursday: 7 and 8
  • Friday: 9 and 0
  • Saturday: only residents of rural areas
  • Sunday: restricted for all

Caramanta (from 9:00 am to 12:00)

  • Monday: 0 and 1
  • Tuesday: 2 and 3
  • Wednesday: 4 and 5
  • Thursday: 6 and 7
  • Friday: 8 and 9
  • Saturday and Sunday: only residents of rural areas

Fredonia

  • Monday: Rural zone 6 from 8:00 am to 12:00
  • Tuesday: restricted for all
  • Wednesday: Rural zone 4 from 8:00 am to 12:00 / zone 7 and 8 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: Rural zone 3 from 8:00 am to 12:00 / zone 5 and 6 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Friday: Rural zone 2 from 8:00 am to 12:00 / zone 3 and 4 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: Rural zone 1 from 8:00 am to 12:00 / zone 1 and 2 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Rural zone 5 from 8:00 am to 12:00 / zone 9 and 0 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Anorí (from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

  • Monday: 4 and 7
  • Tuesday: 5 and 6
  • Wednesday: 1 and 0
  • Thursday: 2 and 9
  • Friday: 3 and 8
  • Saturday and Sunday: only residents of rural areas

Santa Rosa de Osos (without hours)

  • Monday: 0, 1 and 2
  • Tuesday: 3, 4 and 5
  • Wednesday: 6, 7 and 8
  • Thursday: 9, 0 and 1
  • Friday: 2, 3 and 4
  • Saturday: 5, 6 and 7
  • Sunday: 8 and 9

Betulia (from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm) 

  • Monday: 0 and 1
  • Tuesday: 2 and 3
  • Wednesday: 4 and 5
  • Thursday: 6 and 7
  • Friday: 8 and 9
  • Saturday and Sunday: only residents of rural areas

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: Pico y Cedula: A Restriction for Grocery Shopping in Aburrá Valley

During the national Colombia quarantine from March 24 to April 13, the ability for one person per family to go grocery shopping and go to pharmacies and banks are permitted activities.

However, some municipalities in the Aburrá Valley, Antioquia and Colombia with Pico and Cedula are now limiting this activity in the stores and banks in their jurisdictions to certain days and hours based on the last digit of your ID (cedula or passport).

Can you go to another municipality nearby that doesn’t have the restriction? This is an open question.

The rules for the national quarantine don’t really specify a distance limitation but the spirit of the quarantine is not to travel. And there are very few buses and taxis available during the quarantine and the metro poses risk of exposure. So, we don’t really recommend traveling to another municipality.

If you live in a municipality with Pico y Cedula, find out the days you are permitted to shop in our article above and plan accordingly. We recommend staying at home as much as possible during the quarantine and stay safe.

Also, don’t forget you can order domicilio (home delivery). Pretty much all pharmacies and most supermarkets have delivery services. So, you can order any day for home delivery.

Furthermore, see our guide to grocery shopping in Medellín with tips to save money. In addition, we will keep this article up-to-date if we find out other municipalities in Antioquia that have added Pico y Cedula.

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