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With the start of the so-called Phase 0, the Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, that on Monday May 18 there will be economic reactivation of some activities.  Source:

The Governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro, announced this afternoon that on Monday, May 18, Phase 0 of the Jalisco Plan for Economic Reactivation will begin, which will allow the gradual return of some economic activities and is the first step in preparing protocols for the next phases of the plan.   
Alfaro Ramírez clarified that the start of Phase 0, which will last for at least 15 days, does not mean returning to normality in social life and in the activities of all productive sectors, since an increase in mobility o Flow of people in the city with disorder could trigger the epidemiological pattern and delay the Reactivation Plan.
"We are not in a test passed," clarified the state president, who added that the Plan can be implemented since Jalisco is currently in 29th place nationwide in active infections with a rate of 100,000 inhabitants, and to date It has a 10% occupancy of beds in its hospital infrastructure.
"I want to explain what Phase 0 implies. First, for industries that had not been considered essential and that are linked to supply chains, they will be able to start the implementation of this phase, once they have established protocols and will be able to operate at 50 percent of its capacity, that is, essential industries continue to work, those that were classified as non-essential, which are part of supply chains, will be able to start operations at 50 percent of their capacity, we are going to establish the specific protocols ”, detailed the president.  
He added that for " commerce, what we are going to do is that those who handle products allowed in essential establishments, that is, if it was allowed to have supermarkets, hardware stores, convenience stores of the big ones, because what we are going to do is that What was sold there, can also be sold in small production units, in the neighborhoods or in the colonies of Guadalajara and the State ” .
As part of Phase 0, reopening protocols are started by businesses that do not generate crowds, such as car, motorcycle, bicycle, furniture, appliance and electronic or home sales businesses.

A determining factor for trade in Phase 0 and that will be constantly verified is the fulfillment of the density restriction of one person as a customer, for every 7 square meters. 
We need to understand that Phase 0 is a transition stage, that it is a stage of gradual return to economic activity and if the behavior of the virus and the pandemic did not require it, as I already explained, we could make a decision to return to social isolation measures and delay everything provided for in this plan, ”said Alfaro Ramírez. 
May 7th
The health and safety of our members and our guests are of the utmost importance.  The RCOA Board has voted to extend the conducting of  all club activities via video conferencing until May 30th.  Weekly general meetings, board meetings and committee meetings will continue to be held via Zoom.   Thank you.
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2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney
Mark Daniel Maloney
President 2019-20
May 2020
Increasing our ability to adapt: That is one goal of our new Rotary Action Plan. And wow, have we seen that ability put to the test this year.
In March, Gay and I were to visit Zimbabwe, Turkey, and eight other countries over the course of 30 days. After participating in a medical mission in Zimbabwe and Commonwealth Week activities in London, on the 11th day, we were packing our suitcases for Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
While attending a dinner at the High Commission for Pakistan in London, we received word that it would be impossible to travel everywhere on our itinerary. So, instead of flying to Zurich, we returned to Evanston and One Rotary Center.
Throughout early March, the news about COVID-19 became increasingly serious throughout the world. Following the advice of local officials, we canceled UN presidential conferences in Paris and Rome. Soon, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global pandemic, and we consulted with authorities on more critical decisions. We asked all Rotary districts and clubs to curb face-to-face meetings until further notice and to hold virtual meetings instead. To the districts and clubs that have adapted so quickly, thank you.
The Rotary Board of Directors held its first-ever virtual meeting to make the most difficult decision of all, to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend, I am disappointed. We acted to protect the health and safety of convention attendees and their families, friends, and colleagues, as well as those who call Honolulu home, and I am confident we made the right decision.
I want to thank the 2020 Honolulu Convention Committee, the Host Organization Committee, the 2020 Honolulu Convention Promotion Committee, and Rotary staff for planning what would have been one of the best Rotary conventions yet. I appreciate their hard work.
This issue of The Rotarian was going to press as the decision about canceling the convention was made, and many other decisions across the Rotary world were still up in the air. Future issues of The Rotarian and of Rotary's regional magazines, along with Rotary's social media channels, will keep you informed.
We began this Rotary year promoting the importance of the new Action Plan for all Rotarians and Rotaractors. Today, we are putting that plan into action out of necessity. That includes the possibility of a convention-like experience with you through a virtual event. We will have more to say about this in the near future.
The world is changing rapidly, and so must Rotary. Our adaptability and strength will help us navigate this experience. The world needs our leadership today more than ever. Truly, Rotary Connects the World.
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