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Buenos Aires Hours | City Hall eases Covid restrictions on outdoor gatherings and events

The Buenos Aires city government on Thursday announced changes to its coronavirus protocols and restrictions for citizens, attributing the news to a decrease in infections and average daily deaths.

Health ministry officials on Thursday reported 19,256 new cases and 466 deaths in the past 24 hours, including 954 in the nation’s capital. The bed occupancy rate in intensive care units (ICU) fell to 64.3% nationally and to 62.2% in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA).

Speaking at a press conference at Parque Patricios, the city’s mayor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, said the recent decline in cases had continued, with the seven-day average of cases dropping from 2,500 to 1 He said that the intensive care units were at an occupancy rate of 43% in the capital.

He also reminded the porteños that vaccination was now open to all citizens over 30 for a first dose.

The new measures entered into force on Friday July 9, although some transport-related will be gradually rolled out.

GENERAL MEASURES

– From July 9, social gatherings in public outdoor spaces will be allowed, up to a maximum of 20 people.

– Meetings of up to 10 people are also authorized in the outdoor spaces of houses and apartments, as well as in the common areas of buildings and buildings.

– Professional activities in person may return, with offices at 30% of their maximum occupancy.

– The use of common areas in hotels will be authorized, once again capped at 30% of its capacity.

– From August, outdoor cultural events are authorized, up to a limit of 1,000 people.

TRANSPORT MEASURES

– 15 Subte metro stations to reopen: 10 on Monday 12 July (Línea A – Plaza de Mayo, Acoyte; Línea B – Callao, Dorrego, Carlos Gardel; Línea C – Lavalle; Línea D – Callao, Palermo; Línea E – Boedo , Medalla Milagrosa) and the other five on Thursday July 15 (Línea A – Carabobo, Loria; Línea C – San Martín; Línea E – José María Moreno; Línea H – Venezuela)

EDUCATION MEASURES

– In the second semester, the Segundo Boletín program will be implemented, said the mayor, who described it as a “personalized plan tailored to the needs of each high school student”. Rodríguez Larreta said he would “set specific learning goals and plans involving children, teachers and families”, providing extra support and help outside of school hours.

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