Rodríguez Larreta confirmed that “from today until March 31” “classes will be suspended in all educational establishments in the City”
The head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, announced on Monday new prevention measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus in the City of Buenos Aires.
As announced by President Alberto Fernández on Sunday, Rodríguez Larreta confirmed that “from today until March 31” “classes will be suspended in all educational establishments in the City”.
“I know it is a difficult decision and one that impacts the daily lives of families, but it is a necessary measure to take care of each other,” Larreta explained at a press conference with his Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, his minister of Salud, Fernán Quirós, and his chief of staff, Felipe Miguel.
The Minister of Education explained that the students will receive digital education: “We have a digital library with more than 3,000 activities, digital books, audio books, videos and materials.”
“We have virtual classrooms, so that students can connect and work together on different content,” he said.
In the same sense, he indicated that educational establishments will continue to be open to provide food to children “who are in a vulnerable situation and receive a meal at school.”
The head of the Buenos Aires Cabinet, for his part, announced the measures they will take to reduce “the risks of contagion, reduce circulation and avoid the concentration of people.”
“We decided to decrease the number of procedures and extend the expiration dates of, for example, VTV or a driver’s license. In the case of weddings, they will have the possibility of changing the date or marry with the participation of only the witnesses, “he stressed.
“The procedures with face-to-face and online modality will be able to be done only online. And for those that are only face-to-face, there will be a minimum guard in the Commune,” he said.
In addition, he stressed that work is being done to expand the number of procedures that can be done via WhatsApp, through the City’s chat.
“We are also going to be able to call 147 to denounce people that we know have traveled and are not complying with the mandatory quarantine. It is important that we be responsible and take care of each other,” he said.
In as much, the Buenosairean authorities announced that the fairs of basic products and gastronomic markets “will remain open, but only to buy and to retire”.
“For the next 2 weeks the playgrounds in the squares and parks will remain closed,” they said.
Finally, Rodríguez Larreta announced that older adults, who are the population at greatest risk, “will receive care at exclusive times” in “banks, health centers and other service providers.”
“We are going to suspend the Day centers for Retirees, guaranteeing them access to their meals. And in the homes of the elderly and geriatric, we intensify the care they receive and establish a regime where they can only be visited by direct relatives,” he said.
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