Medellín Pico y cedula

Hi, it’s me Marimonda. Today, I’d like to share new rotation of Pico y cedula which started yesterday.

It’s been about two months since the first COVID-19 case was found in Colombia on 6th March. Currently, Colombia has 5,597 confirmed cases (April 28th 9 a.m.) according to Wikipedia. The number of cases are still sharply increasing in countries and there’s no vaccine yet. Thus, Colombia also tries to its best to reduce the speed of the contagion like other countries in the world.

Under this circumstance, the prevention of the disease seems to be the best remedy. Everyday, I can see lots of advertisement emphasizing personal hygiene such as washing the hands, wearing a mask and keeping social distance.

In order to keep social distance one to another, big Colombian cities started pico y cedula which allow each citizen to go out to do chores such as grocery shopping. This idea came from Pico y placa, which regulates the number of cars on the streets.

At first it began each person can go out three times per week depending on the last digit of cedula. Then, two times per week. Now, one can go out to do chores such as grocery shopping three times per two weeks.

The schedule of pico y cedula for the two weeks from 27th April to 10th May is as following.

image from alcaldía de Medellín

For example, if your ID number finishes 1, you can go out to do your chores on 29th Wednesday, 3rd May, and 8th May for these two weeks.

Hope this information is helpful.

Stay safe and see you soon!

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