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Cuenca goes to ‘yellow light’; Conaie defers protests; Moreno’s popularity drops to 14%; U.S. bans travel from Brazil; Restaurant owners object

For the first time in more than two months, health emergency restrictions are being relaxed in Cuenca. The city joins eight other municipalities in Azuay Province in moving from “red light” to “yellow light” Covid-19 protocols.

Most of Cuenca’s malls and shopping centers reopen today.

Among the changes under yellow light protocols are: the daily curfew will begin at 9 p.m. instead of 2 p.m., ending at 5 a.m.; private stores and offices and public institutions will be allowed to open with 50 percent of staff and 30 percent capacity of customers and clients; owners will be allowed to operate private vehicles two days per week based on license plate numbers; shopping centers and malls can reopen with 30 percent capacity; Local and inter-parish buses will be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity; and all elective out-patient medical care is authorized.

All personal protection protocols adoped in March remain in place, including the wearing of face masks and social distancing. Among the protocols is the recommendation that those over 60 with younger family members in the household remain isolated.

In addition to Cuenca, the other cantons that are in yellow light status for the week of May 25 to 30 are: Santa Isabel, Girón, Nabón, Gualaceo, Paute, Guachapala, Sevilla de Oro and El Pan.

Virus update

Conaie backs off protest threat
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) is tamping down threats of an imminent national strike and says it will pursue legal challenges to government policies it claims are unconstitutional. Conaie President Jaime Vargas said Saturday that now is not the time for protests due to the Covid-19 health emergency, and says he prefers to resolve differences with the government in court or through negotiation. “We continue to object in the strongest terms to the attacks on labor contained in the Humanitarian Law and other orders issued by the president but we will seek justice through the judicial process,” he said. “Our immediate priority is to protect our people from the coronavirus and mass gatherings are not the way to accomplish this.”

Last week, Leonidas Iza, president of the Cotopaxi Indigenous and Peasant Movement (MICC), a part of Conaie, said said that a Quito protest was being planned and a nationwide strike would follow. Vargas called the statement “premature.”

U.S. suspends entry of travelers from Brazil
The United States has banned entry of any traveler who has been in Brazil within 14 days due to concern of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The order was signed Sunday afternoon by President Donald Trump. Brazil has recorded the second most cases of Covid-19 in the world, with 365,000 as of Sunday. The U.S. State Department says it may include other South American countries in the travel ban but will make decisions on a country-by-country basis.

Restaurant owners object to ‘one customer, one table’ plan

President Lenin Moreno’s popularity drops to the lowest level of his presidency.

Owners in Cuenca and Quito are rejecting a government plan that would allow only one customer per table when restaurants are allowed to reopen. A Quito restaurant owners association also objected to allowing more than one customer per table but only if plexiglas partitions were installed between tables. “On the one hand, they wouldn’t even allow a husband and wife to sit together,” said an unnamed Cuenca restaurant owner. “On the other, most owners do not have the money to put in the partitions they talk about.” A spokesman for the national Emergency Operations Committee said no final decisions have been made about the rules that will apply when restaurants are allowed to reopen to sit-down service.

Moreno’s popularity drops to 14%
President Lenín Moreno’s popularity has dropped to the lowest point of his three-year presidency, according to a new poll by Cedatos-Gallop. Conducted in mid-May, the poll showed only 14 percent of Ecuadorians approve of Moreno’s handling of his job. In August 2017, the president recorded the highest approval rating on record, at 77 percent. Moreno began his fourth year in office May 19 and says he will not run for a second term.

Cuenca newspaper to end publication
The government-owned El Tiempo newspaper will cease publication by the end of the week. The closure is the result of President Lenin Moreno’s order to close eight publicly owned companies, including the post office and Tame airlines. The newspaper began publication in 1956 and was purchased by the government in 2015. All El Tiempo employees are being terminated effective May 31.

69 thoughts on “Cuenca goes to ‘yellow light’; Conaie defers protests; Moreno’s popularity drops to 14%; U.S. bans travel from Brazil; Restaurant owners object

  1. Restaurants in Cuenca are still at a “red light” which means only take out and delivery. Just to be clear since some are advertising “in house” service starting today.

  2. Finally a little progress towards getting our lives back to normal and moving away from this idiotic lock down.

      1. The real idiots are those with their totalitarian attitudes and their support of totalitarian measures for the sheeple.

          1. Your interpretation of my use of the word “sheeple” demonstrated what you wanted it to demonstrate, and nothing more.

          2. Your interpretation of my use of the word “sheeple” demonstrated what you wanted it to demonstrate, and nothing more.

      2. Looks like Dan is itching for a fight. Now that is certifiably ‘idiotic’. An opinion you disagree with doesn’t necessarily make the holder an “idiot”. That is so Abrahamic…and has caused so many wars.

        1. I disagree with you when you say that Dan (or anyone) is itching for a fight. I also disagree when you say that an opinion or disagreement does not make a person an idiot. It is idiotic to infect other people knowing that the the Covid-19 virus is a furious killer of people.

          It is idiotic to play down the dangers of this pandemic and with their OPINION carelessly go about not being careful and even more idiotic is with their OPINION encouraging others to be unconcerned about the dangers of Covid-19 and worst of all use their OPINION to show no enthusiasm to stop this pandemic.

          Social distancing, masks, shutting down business and airports was not idiotic and was necessary to prevent the spread and overwhelm the hospitals.

          1. Disagreeing is your right. Having your POV is also your right. No issues there. But calling people “idiots” for having a contrary opinion to yours is plain WRONG and a recipe for a pointless argument/fight. I may very well agree with you that it could be ‘dangerous’ to “play down the dangers of this pandemic”. But “idiotic”? That is a fighting word. I am sure you wouldn’t like to be labeled that by people who disagree with you. Let me give you a different perspective. Religious leaders and proselytizers of Abrahamic faiths (primarily Islam and Christianity) call other faiths/beliefs “idiotic” and encourage/induce ‘dis-believers’ to convert to their God (as a product of a Catholic school I experienced that first hand). Marxists (another Abrahamic faith) ditto. All that has gotten us is trouble. That is my point and remains so.

            1. mitya_nc
              I was responding to your statement when you said the following….
              “”Now that is certifiably ‘idiotic'””.
              I usually don’t use the word “idiotic”, because you are correct in saying that it is a fighting word and that word actually annoys me when someone uses it to degrade other PEOPLE. I used it because you used it….and the point I was making was that someones OPINION is idiotic if it DELIBERATELY harms others by providing harmful, inaccurate, false misguiding information.

              Covid-19 is serious and dangerous (they are now discovering that there is permanent damage to the body when a person contracts it)
              and that was my point and NOT an OPINION. It is now a scientific fact.

              I for one would never call someone an idiot if they have a different religious point of view. Everyone should embrace their own feelings about GOD. I read Micheal Newton and everyday I learn more about what one experiences with past lives. Anyway that is my belief and have no intention of pushing it on to others.

              HOWEVER, a virus pandemic that kills people and harms our body with lasting medical issues is NOT nearly that same as OPINIONS about religion and politics.

              Forcing others into a specific religion usually does not have good lasting outcomes. You are correct in indicating that differences in religion seem to be the creators of war.

              Im sorry to hear about your experience; I myself grew up in the Catholic world so I know exactly what you are referring to. I have evolved and believe all religions were meant to be positive but it is too bad that some uncompromising zealots use it to control others and resist seeing that other religious beliefs should be respected.

              They are now saying that when Jesus travelled he learned and accepted and supported all the other religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Bahá’í Faith, Taoism, and on and on

      1. Because it was the first attempt at stopping the virus with the available information coming from China, where it seemed to work well.
        I love those people!

  3. “Moreno at 14%” – Ecuadorians are pretty much livid on social media that Moreno has a daughter that has a cushy U.N. job in New York paying her $7,000+ a month (salary plus cost of living).

    1. And a cushy dwelling awaits Moreno when he finishes the fleecing of Ecuador.

      C’est la vie.

      1. The EU will take very good care of all these politicians who have served the global cabal well. Still waiting for Interpol to pick up and then deliver to Ecuador its other Brussels’s resident in corruption, but not holding my breath.

      1. Google average rent in NYC. She would spend almost half her salary on a one-room studio.

        1. Maybe you missed the “plus cost of living.” The big controversy is that it is an example of “not necessarily” hiring the most effective and qualified person for the job. It sounds a lot like nepotism.

    2. 7,000 dollars a month, in New York? That’s below the poverty level there, isn’t it? Just sayin!

      1. What most of seem to have in common is that you like OLD numbers, As in BEFORE the pandemic

    3. $7K/mo in NYC is NOT cushy by a long shot. (The average salary in NYC is $58K, so a UN job a little over that is a far cry from cushy)

      1. I’m sure $58K is pre pandemic and the “complaint” obviously involves nepotism also.

      2. It sounds very cushy to the objectors, Ecuadorians. .. I don’t get what the daughter’s pay has what to do with Moreno and his governance or lack thereof?

    4. $7000.00 per month to live in NY is not luxury living. It is good if that is your net but I would not describe it as ‘cushy’.

  4. “Moreno began his fourth year in office May 19 and says he will not run for a second term.”

    God have mercy, another year of this clown and his cronies.

    1. and the lack of postal service. Can anyone give me the address of “AP Shipping” in Florida?

  5. One person per table? Good to be a single man or woman these days! I’m in! Families can just eat at home. Not sure it’s a sustainable business model for restaurants however. But when has that ever mattered to the lawmakers?

      1. Some of the best people in town will also not survive. Plagues throughout history have rarely been fun for the participants.

        1. Play on people’s fears by using loaded words like “plague”. A plague was the Spanish flu, or the Black Plague in the 1300’s, that depending on your source, wiped out a third to half the population of Europe. Every computer projection on this virus has been egregiously wrong on the number of deaths and hospitalizations that were projected to take place. I would say more, but my remarks would only be censored on High Life.

          1. I notice that your postings appear twice. I do not know if it is you or CHL. Unfortunately, there are very many fear controlled posters unlike yourself who have lost common sense. Can someone tell me why if you wear a mask which is very unhealthy you still need to be socially distanced? These could be eliminated if more impetus would be given to simple acts such as covering up your nose and mouth if you plan to sneeze or cough. I can never remember where healthy people had to wear a mask. It was usually required of someone who was ill or contagious. Can you not see it all has to do with control. BTW I am sure that I will be questioned why wearing a mask is unhealthy for healthy people so here it is. When you wear a mask you are inhaling air that has mostly carbon dioxide which is not what the body needs and if you might have an infection with Covid then you are also inhaling viral particles, thus re-inoculating yourself. I will not wear a mask unless it is required to enter a place I need to go during these so called perilous times of the plandemic!!

            1. You are correct. Breathing in carbon dioxide is not only unhealthy, but also threatens the immune system of older people in particular. The same is true, as you mentioned, with the virus. If one has it, some of the virus will be breathed back into the active person’s lungs. The virus is microbe in size. The masks, therefore, do not prevent many of the microbes from infiltrating through the masks.

              Surgical masks are worn in hospitals to protect the patient from bacteria, which are larger than virus molecules. For example, if a doctor did not wear a mask while doing surgery, he may say something to the nurse, and people can sometimes spit as they speak; the mask protects the patient from contamination. While wearing the mask, the mask will also provide further protection from any bacteria from the doctor or from the nurses. However, if the patient has the virus, the surgical masks do not protect the doctors or the nurses, which is why medical professionals need to wear N95 respirators and other sealed face masks. Therefore, there is justification for social distancing in longer encounters with a virus-infected individual because at that point, the non-infected individuals may be bombarded with hundreds of the virus molecules, and social distancing makes sense.

              People, just passing on the street, and saying “Buenos Dias” are not going to pass the virus from such a brief encounter. Like you, I pull up my mask when necessary. Notice, that the worse cases of the virus have been among cultures in close family proximity: grandparents and family members frequently hugging, kissing, touching one another, children sitting on parents and grandparents’ laps, etc. Yet, it is in the home, where people are least likely to wear masks. Not that I want to give any more ideas to these control groups, who have their own agenda, of which this epidemic is just the means to a societal control of the population, and the elimination of personal liberties and personal privacy.

            2. If a person is asymptomatic (they have no symptoms) they transmit the virus without being aware of it. That is the purpose of the mask. To protect others.
              COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet). Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or TALKS, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.

              The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

        2. Play on people’s fears by using loaded words like “plague”. A plague was the Spanish flu, or the Black Plague in the 1300’s, that depending on your source, wiped out a third to half the population of Europe. Every computer projection on this virus has been egregiously wrong on the number of deaths and hospitalizations that were projected to take place. I would say more, but my remarks would only be censored on High Life.

          1. There will be 200,000 deaths conservatively in the US, by years end, and this virus will still be going strong, if a vaccine hasn’t been created by then.
            This virus is very close to the same path as the Spanish flu. It’s easy to find data on it. If you take the time, like I did, you can easily cross check the deaths from last year and make the comparison to this year, to confirm the totals.
            John Hopkins, worldometers and several other sources all independently have very similar numbers.
            I would love to be wrong but the data doesn’t back that conclusion up.

            1. There were about 1.5 billion population in 1918 during the time of the Spanish flu epidemic. It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus in 1918-19. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States. Today, there is approximately a 7.8 billion world population. Don’t just look at absolute numbers of infections and deaths, but their proportion to the world or national population at the time.

              1. If you talk to someone that has contracted Covid-19 they will tell you gasping for breath and struggling to breath is one of the worst effects of this virus and tossing numbers in the air means nothing when a person is laying in a hospital bed suffering from the symptoms.

                1. Esmerada, you need to get over your emotion-laden arguments. Of course, it is a horrible experience. Just like lying in a hospital bed after being shot multiple times in a shooting, or after a horrible auto accident that has one hang by a thread to life, or being diagnosed with many other potentially fatal diseases that end in horrendous life endings of pain and suffering. I recently lost a cousin to cancer. Her experience was not an experience, both emotionally and physically, and of us would want to endure.

                  Why not shut down all activities just to be sure no one is at risk or dies? Why not take every epidemic, as we seem to have them every two years, and close down life to prevent the spread, so no one is ever at risk? Even if it can be proven that the coronavirus has taken more lives, for example, in the United States than other variations of the flu in recent years; why would that change not closing down society? Are you suggesting that the tens of thousands of lives lost in the past year or previous years during flu seasons are not as important as lives endangered by the coronavirus, which should demand the same public and medical response of shutting down society?

                  About a month ago, on another site, a women commenter responded to my comment about the potential effects of covid hospitalization. I forget if it was two or four years ago during the swine flu epidemic, that she had contacted the swine flu. She was in the hospital for ten days. She could not move her arms and legs, she truly thought she would die. She then explain the difference to me between her experience and now. No one in the local or national media covered her illness. It was just a private, personal thing for her and her family, as it was for the tens of thousands of Americans who died from the flu that season. The corporate media chose to dramatize, personalize, and fear monger the world into economic oblivion with this coronavirus.

                  Do you think it is just coincidence that the U.N. and its communist infested WHO promptly stopped testing on hydroxycloroquine during a pandemic, that the corporate media immediately shot down President Trump at his very mention of the drug, that the same media continues to misconstrue and lie about the efficacy of the drug, or reports positively on potential vaccines that will earn billions for a drug company, with whatever vaccine that will never appear on the market until after the November election. Either you already know this and are part of the cadre to keep the world economy in a depression for political reasons, or you have allowed yourself to become a victim of the fear-mongering.

  6. The U.S. is opening up, with Leftist Wackjobs Newson and Fredo Cuomo still on the Dictatorship Kick with also the Crazy Gov. of Michigan, Channeling there inner Gestapo. Sigh…I never thought I would live long enough to see 1984 become a reality.

    1. You should have travelled to China to get a really good look at it prior to their pushing all the people other than Chinese out. That’s the best place to see exactly what 1984 was written for… assimilation is mandatory there.

    2. Mr. Cuomo is a graduate of Yale University and Fordham University Law School. Meanwhile, you should consider learning the difference between “there” and “their”. Writing basic English remains challenging for people like you. By the way, if you think that this reaction to a pandemic is tantamount to a dictatorship and the Gestapo, then you have no understanding of what a dictatorship is or what the Gestapo was.

  7. One customer per table obviously has to change. One FAMILY per table would make sense, since those people are already sharing living space. Yes, there would be violators who would pretend to be a family, but 4 adult males around a table would be pretty obvious, and need to be split up… 🙂

    My wife and I have been ordering home delivery from restaurants a lot more than we used to actually go to restaurants, in “our little attempt” to help keep them in business. Once they open, we will probably start going out more often, for the same reason. Not so sure I would though if I were required to be at a different (socially spaced) table.

    1. They should require proof of marriage for two people to sit across from each other. It would represent another reason to encourage the legitimization of a relationship which has as its underpinnings sin. Of course the cédula provides such said proof.

    2. I have to laugh. It’s just another proposed quirky rule that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the world – only in Ecuador. Almuerzos might work if they closed streets from traffic during the lunch hour(s). Restaurant owners could set up mobile, socially distanced outdoor dining. BYOU – bring your own umbrella.

      1. “Almuerzos might work if they closed streets from traffic during the lunch hour(s). Restaurant owners could set up mobile, socially distanced outdoor dining.”

        They do that every night at the street of “Los Kioskos” in Puerto Ayora in the Galapagos. It works fine there and it is by far the best and least expensive food in Puerto Ayora. Plenty of variety there as well, but it’s crowded so that would have to be adjusted.

        1. Been there, done that. Great place, especially for fresh seafood. Fabulous lobsters.

  8. still wondering when the terrorist group Conaie will begin their protests about gas prices being too cheap and not subsidized. When will the remainder of the populace realize that they are slaves of the indigenous who are entitled to your money and labor via government transfer payments. Hopefully the Constitutional Court will ban slavery and allow these subsidies to die.

    The restaurant policy is ridiculous for household members, but then again, if restaurants are allowed to put a couple at a table, wouldn’t that be discriminatory to single persons. If I were a restaurant owner choosing to sit 1 person vs. 2, I would want to sit the couple, which might result in longer wait times for single patrons and an express line for group tables.

    If people are upset about Lenin’s daughter making 7K, where’s the outrage over Biden’s drug addict son getting a gig for over a million a year consulting in the Ukraine? Pay to Play, politicis as usual.

    1. The outrage must be in the same place as the outrage over Ivanka Trump’s dozens of successful trademark applications in China. By the way, do Conaie, restaurant policy and the younger Mr. Biden conclude your list of grievances or will there be more?

  9. “The United States has banned entry of any traveler who has been in
    Brazil within 14 days due to concern of the spread of the Covid-19
    virus. … Brazil has recorded the second most cases of Covid-19 in the world, with
    365,000 as of Sunday.”

    The RATE per million of confirmed cases for Brazil is 1744. For the U.S., it is 5165 ( So who should be banning whom?

    1. The answer is that they should both be limiting travel during the peak weeks of the epidemic. This is not a value judgement on who is harder hit, but the way you slow the spread of a highly infectious disease.

  10. just because they will be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity, doesn’t mean the buses will operate starting today. In fact, as of 2 pm today, I’ve not seen any at all. Seems the buses cannot stay in business with ridership at that level. So what would be the reason for them to even bother starting up? Don’t think you will see them anytime soon.

    1. It would be great if Cuenca outlawed busses now that we have a Tram. There is no reason we cannot take taxis or walk to our destinations.

      1. Privileged gringo logic! Many Ecuadorians live paycheck to paycheck & simply do not have the extra money that will be charged by the tram. Besides, the tram doesnt cover all areas necessary for many locals.

    1. Bill, you have been social distancing for way too long on CHL, well before social distancing was fashionable. I am being redundant since three of the companies you already knew.

      1.) Ferrocarriles,
      2.) Siembra,
      3.) Medios Públicos,
      4.) Centro de Entrenamiento para el Alto Rendimiento (CEAR),
      5.) Ecuador Estratégico,
      6.) Correos del Ecuador y
      7.) Unidad Nacional de Almacenamiento
      8.) Tame

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