Reduced streets, extended sidewalks, social gatherings in green spaces and enabled bar lounges. The new postcard.
The streets changed their appearance to allow distance in the bars, which already allow customers to enter the lounges. The gastronomic centers of the Region can be the epicenter of meetings, but they also happen in parks and cultural centers. The Region shows a renewed image and lives a time of almost normality.
The marked decrease in coronavirus cases in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) allowed the authorities to have different activities open. The end of preventive and mandatory social isolation (ASPO) marked the beginning of preventive and mandatory social distancing (DISPO) and the streets are becoming increasingly crowded.
There is a “frank decrease in cases” in Lanús, said Health Secretary Gustavo Sieli. The Municipality was one of the pioneers in the opening of activities: bars and restaurants opened their doors when it was completely forbidden, it advanced with the semi-pedestrianization of streets in gastronomic centers and today it already allows the visit of cultural spaces.
But this does not happen only in Lanús. Avellaneda arranged for the commercial promenade on Las Flores Street, in Wilde, to also be pedestrianized to promote the economic and gastronomic activities of the district. In Almirante Brown, flower pots indicate the boundary between the street and the extended sidewalks.
In Lomas de Zamora a similar situation occurs, since the Municipality had the extension of some sections of the sidewalks where there are gastronomic places so that tables can be deployed on the streets, protected with fences.
Outdoor sports activities were already enabled, which is why the parks and squares of the Region were enabled by the communes. Today, you can also see postcards of groups drinking mate, each his own or shared in the case of cohabitants, since social encounters were allowed. As the days went by, other spaces were enabled, such as soccer fields and gyms.
In mid-October, there was one of the most anticipated and, in turn, most controversial reopens: Adrogué’s Boulevard Shopping was the first large shopping center to open. Without provincial but municipal authorization, the establishment was a pioneer in its field and unleashed a string of openings, among which are the Portal Lomas, in Llavallol. Behind them, they opened the fairs and outlets of the Region, among which the always crowded “La Salada” and the Turdera Outlet stand out.
There is also room for culture. Is that the cultural center “El Padilla” opened its doors in October, after six months of inactivity. Although it has an infrastructure for more than 300 people, the restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, forced to reduce the capacity to 30 or 40 people. Theaters and halls returned to offer their services, and not only on the sidewalk or in the internal parks.
This week, the Ministry of Government, through the National Registry of Persons, implemented a new public service scheme in its 349 Buenos Aires venues, so that weddings can now be held in the Region. This is in addition to some educational institutions that launched the reengagement processes, which allow the boys to meet again in a common space.
The vast majority of activities began to operate in the Region before the authorization of the provincial authorities, as is the case today with the accommodation hotels in Lomas de Zamora. On the websites you can already reserve a turn to access a room.
It is worth remembering that the Ministry of Transportation of the Nation also ordered a change when traveling by public transport. It determined that the groups will be able to move up to ten people standing inside the vehicle, while the trains will be able to do the same with one passenger standing per square meter in the available free spaces.