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Mexico City mayor announces students return to classes June 7

Mexico City, Mexico — On Wednesday, the government of Mexico City announced the return of face-to-face classes for June 7. In a press conference, Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that June 7 will be the return of face-to-face classes with preventive measures.

She explained that the measures include a total vaccination of educational personnel, mandatory use of face masks, implementation of filters at home, at the entrance of the school and in the classrooms as well as intensive use of open spaces and the suspension of all ceremonies and meetings.

Sheinbaum added that if a contagion occurs, the entire campus will be closed and students will continue their classes via distant learning. She said that all students, from preschool to secondary levels returning to public institutions amounts to approximately 1.2 million, while in private schools, that amounts to around 1.5 million students.

The announcement came after Sheinbaum accepted the Tuesday proposal of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to return to the classrooms in the sixth month of the year. The return, according to AMLO, would take place 15 days after teachers were vaccinated.

“It would be very good if for the second week of June, classes were resumed in the city to finish the course. Have at least one month of face-to-face classes to regularize, to update all students,” said the president.

In a press video conference, the director of the Digital Agency for Public Innovation, Eduardo Clark García Dobarganes said that in the last week, hospital occupancy rates fell significantly, which currently stands at 11.38 percent. Clark said that it is the first time since April 2020 that the capital has found fewer than a thousand people in hospitals.

On Tuesday, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, said that indicators suggest that the city will soon reach a green light.