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COVID-19 Information – Nuevo Leon
March 24, 2020

Last updated: [06/16/21]

The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. The government will administer fines up to $35,000 MXN or 3 years of jail for people diagnosed with COVID-19 who fail to maintain quarantine at home or in hospitals. The curfew during the week from Monday through Friday is 10:00 p.m. to 05:00 a.m. Stay-at-home order is required for the weekend with the exception of emergencies..

As of November 1, 2020, use of face masks in public places or inside authorized open businesses will be mandated. The municipal government and state government are authorized to arrest and/or fine individuals who violate the face mask rule (up to 36 hours of arrest or community service).  According to Nuevo Leon´s government website, this also applies to foreigners visiting the State.  Public or private events will continue to be allowed with a limited capacity (no more than 20 people).  Event hosts may be fined with a $20,000 – $100,000 MXN fine for violating this rule.  Restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, public parks, gyms, movie theaters will continue to operate with a maximum capacity of 30 percent and with a limited schedule (5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.).  “Sana distancia” (social distancing) recommendations remain in place.

The Government of Nuevo Leon may reinstate temporary measures to mitigate further spread. For more information on these local restrictions, please visit https://www.nl.gob.mx/coronavirus.

No more than two passengers are permitted per private vehicle.  Use of ride hailing services such as Uber and DIDI are permitted, but only two passengers plus the driver are allowed in the vehicle and only for emergencies.  Metro and public transportation schedules have been reduced.  Wearing masks in public has been recommended.  State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state.

Other restrictions vary by municipality.  Many municipalities including Monterrey and San Pedro have instituted stay-at-home orders; prohibited residents from being outdoors without proper justification; closed all parks; and suspended public events and large gatherings. As of October 30, Monterrey has instituted a 10:00 p.m. curfew.

On April 24, San Pedro set up checkpoints into the city.  Officials are only allowing residents and those conducting an essential activity to enter the city.  San Pedro Garza Garcia will administer fines or jail time for people failing to use facemask in public. This measure also applies for people inside any commerce or performing outdoor activities.  Drivers inside vehicles will be also subject to this administrative sanction.

San Nicolas de los Garza has made the use of facemasks when outside the home a requirement, even while inside a vehicle.