COVID-19 Articles


July 16, 2020

Mexican States Implement Health Alert “Stoplight” Systems

The Technical Guidelines for the Reopening of Social, Educational and Economic Activities published by the Mexican Ministry of Health on May 29, 2020 triggered the creation of a health alert system that began at the federal level and featured a regional stoplight system with four levels of alert, ranging from high to low alert: red, orange, yellow and green. Most states in Mexico have followed suit, opting to implement local proprietary health alert systems, adopting a similar stoplight system that allows each state to measure the level of alert within that specific state and to utilize such to gradually reopen social, educational and economic activities. Importantly, Mexican states have also published their own guidelines, which are based on their respective … read more


June 26, 2020

Recommended Visitors Policies

The Mexican government recently issued new Specific Technical Guidelines for the Reopening of Economic Activities in Mexico (the Guidelines) setting forth rules for companies to follow in resuming or continuing their business activities while observing sanitary health and safety protocols. Although the Guidelines are extensive, they do not specifically address protocols or measures regarding visitors entering a workplace. The Guidelines do not prohibit visitors from entering workplaces; rather, such merely state that companies must have a visitor control policy in effect. The Guidelines also provide that workplaces must have guidelines detailing the preventive measures that must be followed before, during and after traveling. As in other countries, health authorities in Mexico recommend that people who travel self-quarantine for at least 15 … read more


June 9, 2020

Mexico Issues COVID-19 Guidelines for Vulnerable Groups in Mexico

On May 29, 2020 the Mexican government issued Specific Technical Guidelines for the Reopening of Economic Activities applicable throughout Mexico (the “Guidelines”), which were published in the Official Journal of the Federation. The Guidelines contain requirements for how to treat vulnerable employees who are considered to be high-risk with respect to COVID-19. The Guidelines provide that individuals who have received transplants, as well as people with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, strokes, muscular dystrophy and spinal cord injuries, and those with diabetes and uncontrolled hypertension, are included in the vulnerable group. The Guidelines state that employers should “consider allowing leave or being flexible about attendance” with respect to employees who care for minors, the elderly or high-risk individuals. Note, however, … read more


June 3, 2020

Mexico’s Federal Supreme Court of Justice, Federal Judiciary Council and the Federal Administrative Court of Justice Extend Suspensions of Court Proceedings

In the wake of the COVID-19 health emergency, on March 17, 2020 Mexico’s Federal Supreme Court of Justice (“SCJN”) published General Decree 3/2020 to suspend all jurisdictional activities of the SCJN from March 18 through April 19, 2020, declaring such as non-business days. By means of Decrees 6/2020 and 7/2020 respectively, they extended the suspension through May 31, 2020, and then again through June 30, 2020. Pursuant to General Decree 10/2020 dated May 26, 2020, the Chief Justice, or in such case, the acting Justices, will preside over the plenary session of the SCJN to hear urgent constitutional matters within their purview and which have been requested to be suspended. As such, initial pleadings may be filed electronically using the … read more


June 2, 2020

Mexico Issues Guidelines for Reopening Economic Activities

On May 29, 2020, the Mexican Ministry of Health, Department of the Economy, Department of Labor and Social Welfare, and the Mexican Social Security Institute (“IMSS”) jointly published in the Official Journal of the Federation new Specific Technical Guidelines for the Reopening of Economic Activities applicable throughout Mexico (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines implement the weekly Health Alert System, which is a “stop light system” for epidemiological risk tracked by region (state or municipal), which will determine the level of health alert and identify the types of authorized activities that may to be conducted. Beginning June 1, 2020, businesses will be able to resume operations if they comply with the Guidelines and the epidemiological risk stop light system, and no prior … read more


May 28, 2020

Mexico’s Health Alert “Stoplight” System and High-Risk Employees

As part of Mexico’s Strategy for Reopening Social, Educational and Economic Activities and the Health Alert Stoplight System implemented by the Mexican Ministry of Health, the federal government published on May 18, 2020 Technical Guidelines for Health Safety in the Workplace (hereinafter “the Guidelines”). The Guidelines enable high-risk employees to return to work, provided that certain protective measures are implemented. In accordance with Mexico’s Health Alert Stoplight System, high-risk employees may return to work in the following stages: Red (maximum level): Employees are forbidden to go to work under any circumstances. Orange (high level): Employees may return to work provided specific security measures are implemented. Yellow (medium level): Employees may work if specific security measures are implemented. Green (low level): … read more


May 27, 2020

The United States Extends Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry at the United States-Mexico Border and the United States-Canada Border

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has extended its temporary travel restrictions applicable to land ports of entry at the United States-Mexico border and at the United States-Canada border through June 22, 2020. Individuals may only travel from Mexico or Canada into the United States at land ports for “essential travel.” “Essential travel” includes, without limitation, the following: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States; Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States); Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions; Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Canada in furtherance … read more


May 18, 2020

Mexico Issues Rules for Reopening of Essential Activities: Compliance with New Technical Guidelines for Workplace Health and Safety

In furtherance of the plan to reopen additional essential activities in the construction, mining and auto parts manufacturing industries, on May 18, 2020 Mexico’s federal government published new Technical Guidelines for Workplace Health and Safety (the “Guidelines”).  The new mandatory Guidelines will apply for the duration of the health emergency and will serve as a basis for completing the Self-Evaluation Health Safety Protocol.  Such self-evaluation must be completed through the digital platform available at www.gob.mx/nuevanormalidad, using the Workplace Health Safety Measures Checklist pertaining to the size of the applicant business, whether micro, small, medium or large. A definition for each type of business has not been established; therefore, at least for the time being, it is recommended to use as a … read more


May 15, 2020

Mexico Announces Phases to Reopen Construction, Mining, and Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Industries

On May 15, 2020, the Mexican Department of Health published a decree detailing the process for reopening the construction, mining, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries. Said decree amends a similar decree published in the Official Journal of the Federation the previous day. The target date for reopening these industries remains June 1, 2020. To be able to reopen, businesses operating in the such industries must comply with specific requirements during the following time periods: During the preparation period commencing May 18, businesses must prepare and present sanitary safety protocols in accordance with the general guidelines jointly issued by the Mexican Department of Health, the Mexican Department of the Economy, and the Mexican Department of Labor and Social Welfare. The protocols … read more


May 14, 2020

Mexico Unveils Plan to Reopen

On May 14, 2020, the Mexican Department of Health published in the Official Journal of the Federation a plan to gradually reopen social, academic and economic activities in Mexico. The plan was designed by the Mexican General Health Council and is based on the three-phase process described below. Beginning May 18, 2020, schools and businesses located in municipalities where no COVID-19 cases have been reported will be able to reopen if adjacent municipalities also have not reported any COVID-19 cases. Between May 18 and May 31, 2020, certain actions will be implemented to prepare the reopening of activities, such as: the creation of health protocols, personnel training for safety in the work environment, reconditioning of workspaces and productive processes, implementation … read more