This afternoon Monday and within a new package of measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus, the national government announced that it will order the closure of bars and clubs throughout the country.
The measure was released by the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, who also pointed out that massive events will be limited to a maximum capacity of 50 people.
“We seek to avoid that there is a lot of contact with people, that’s why from today we reduce massive public and private events from 500 to 50 people, and we are going to restrict bars, discos and nightclubs. This is because they are the places where the closest proximity is for a long time,” explained the minister.
These new provisions are in addition to those that came into effect this Monday, such as the ban on foreigners arriving from countries where the virus circulates, as well as the protection of seniors and children through the closure of educational institutions and isolation.
“These measures are very complex and difficult, they represent a great impact on our families by having the child at home, but obviously they are measures that seek to protect the Colombian population,” added Ruiz.
However, he warned, “we must all understand that the coronavirus epidemic is complex, that it has a very high rate of involvement in the community and that therefore many of the social interventions and activities are going to be affected.”