Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Authorities order closure of businesses and roads in the Historic Center, Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 15-16 due to Independence Day events.

Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 11:35 AM UTC
Alert Expires 16 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Event: National Event
  • Location(s): Mexico City (map)
  • Time Frame: Sept. 15-16
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

Summary
Independence Day events in Mexico City's Historic Center are likely to cause significant disruptions to businesses and transportation Sept. 15-16, despite the suspension of group gatherings due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Events without audiences are still scheduled to proceed and will be broadcast to the public. Some of the main events will be held at Zocalo the evening of Sept. 15 and the morning of Sept. 16.

To facilitate the events, officials will suspend numerous activities in the area Sept. 15-16, which will likely cause major disruptions. Road closures will be enforced in three rings around the Zocalo. The areas from calles Palma to Correo Mayor and from calles Venustiano Carranza to Donceles will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic and all shops will be closed. The area from calles Simon Bolivar to Jesus Maria and from calles Belisario Dominguez to Republica de Uruguay will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Finally, the area from Circunvalacion to Eje Central and from Jose Maria Izazaga to Heroes de Granadita will be closed to all vehicular traffic.

Authorities are enforcing the ongoing closure of all businesses in the immediate vicinity of Zocalo through 1400 Sept. 16. The Zocalo, Allende, and Bellas Artes metro stations will also be closed intermittently until Sept. 16.

Advice
Seek updated information on security and traffic conditions before driving in Mexico City Sept. 15-16. Allow additional time to reach destinations near event venues and heed the directives of the local authorities.


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