Starting next week, gastronomic venues and entertainment venues, such as gyms and shopping malls, will be able to expand the service capacity as long as customers demonstrate that they have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
This kind of “health pass” was announced yesterday by Governor Axel Kicillof together with the pass from Phase 3 to 4 of the districts that make up the AMBA, including La Plata and the Region, which presupposes a new operation as of Monday 26. But how will it work and who will be in charge?
As defined by the Province, bars, restaurants, breweries, gyms and shopping malls in the municipalities that are in Phase 2 will be able to serve with a capacity of 30%, those of Phase 3 of 30% plus an additional 20 percent if the client demonstrates having received a dose 21 days in advance, while in Phase 4 municipalities the gastronomic shops and activities in closed spaces may have a capacity of 50% and an extra 20% for vaccinated people.
The vaccination can be certified with the Buenos Aires Vacunate or Mi Argentina applications, or with the card that is issued in the vaccination centers. But it will be the merchants themselves who must exercise that control, which does not cease to generate certain doubts about how it will end up being implemented, added to the fact that the verification that everything is according to the new regulations will be the responsibility of each municipality, many of which do not they have the necessary structure for such work.
However, What happens to those who received the vaccine abroad (for example Miami) or who have been inoculated as volunteers with experimental vaccines? Official sources consulted by this newspaper indicated that in those specific cases A proof must be presented that certifies in a reliable way that they received these vaccines.
As published yesterday, the decision of the Province to expand the capacity is based on the progress in the vaccination plan and that there are already eight weeks in which there is a decrease in the number of cases, according to official data.
“As a result of the advance in vaccination, as of next week the capacity allowed in activities carried out in closed establishments will be expanded,” Axel Kicillof said yesterday, clarifying that “the additional will be for the population that has received the first dose. more than 21 days ago “. “It is a way of recognizing those who have chosen to be vaccinated, since they protect themselves but also others,” he added.
Before the consultation on how to work before these announcements, from the Municipality of La Plata they indicated that they are already working on organizing a special operation starting next weekend and that they will coordinate with the Province to carry out controls in an articulated manner to verify that the latest provisions, although the first control will be in charge of the merchant, who if he does not comply with the defined limits will surely be sanctioned.