|Coronavirus: How affected covid19 in Mexico|
We’re doing what we can to stay updated on the news and reporting on the limited experiences that we do have and,
I’m glad that we have these limited experiences because it means we aren’t exposing other people and other people aren’t exposing us,
therefore we’re hopefully not spreading it and other people aren’t spreading it to us,
On the topic of businesses closing, I just saw the most heartbreaking Headline,
talking about how in Los Cabos, there was a vendor who was photographed,
trying to sell their hats for food. In the interview,
it said the person just needed food to feed their family because tourism had dried up. I think many people and myself included, lose sight of what this really means to the average person,
especially the average person in Mexico, who, if the tourism went away, and travelers went away,
and their business was considered non-essential,
they just wouldn’t be able to feed their families anymore.
(Safety in Mexico During The Pandemic). I mentioned in our last video update that we made,
that when people lose the ability to work and feed their family, that’s when good people do bad things and we’ve actually seen – or we haven’t seen with our own eyes – but we’ve heard of a few break-ins here in the town that we’re living in,
as well as an armed robbery at the convenience store.
Thankfully for us, we haven’t experienced anything and I personally don’t feel unsafe living or being here right now. Because this town,
like in general,
I think it’s much more peaceful and chill than the neighboring cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen and I think that remains,
obviously there are still things like this happening, like the robberies in Oxxo, but overall I feel safe,
And I think that is in part due to the work of the government right now in Mexico and also local charities which we mentioned both of those things in the last video that there’re charities like “Mexican Compassion Project” that are putting together food kits with donations that they receive.
And there’s another local food bank that popped up.
And then also the Mexican government is doing what it can to provide discounts on water bills,
food bills, gas for the home and also distributing food kits as well.
And we were just talking with Adam and Gabi of “Local Nomads” – We did an interview with them for a video on their Channel,
but we were talking about how it’s kind of crazy that this is happening on such like a local,
individual level because you totally would never see that in the U.S.
The government’s not going to be handing out food to your doorstep,
whereas here, that’s happening and I think that speaks a lot to Mexican culture as well and the fact that it is more personal and community based, which is cool to see in hard times like this.
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In our last update we talked about pact buying or the lack (Panic Buying in Mexico) thereof and that remains the same.
There still isn’t any.
There have been some restrictions put in place on certain things like we heard in Mazatlan it’s completely dry, in Yucatan it’s completely dry.
Meaning you can’t buy any alcohol. Also in Mazatlan,
someone said that candy sales are restricted, which I found to be super interesting. I was thinking maybe that’s because candy production is considered non-essential, but after a couple other comments,
it seems like it might be more to discourage people from having birthday parties and Buying candy for birthdays.
But we haven’t experienced things like that here in the state of Quintana Roo. It hasn’t gone dry at least,
and I don’t think this sale of anything has been restricted or banned except in the case that it is a non-essential business.
However, alcohol has stopped being sold after 5 p.m. Also,
restaurants that are still allowed to stay open have to be closed by 6 p.m. So, there’s like a curfew for restaurants.
If you’re coming from the U.S or watching this from the U.S, you might be thinking “Oh, so you can still go have dinner” but Mexicans eat dinner later,
and it’s more like a 8 or 9 p.m thing here. So, if by closing at 6 p.m, it’s basically like saying they can’t get dinner.
And you know, I think it’s a little bit of a punishment too because I get what they’re trying to do.
When the Sun goes down, many Mexicans come out and people come out because it’s not so hot and awful.
And especially in this region. I mean, when the Sun is out and it’s humid, and it’s in the middle of summer – we’re coming into summer.
It’s not very fun to be outside and really you’re going to be burned to a crisp,
so people try to wait until after the Sun goes down and go out which is when they’re cutting it off.
I get with the purposes but it is a little bit of a punishment because that’s like when some people would be going out to do errands and things like necessary things,
not necessarily gathering in public but you know, like I said,
I get it, but I don’t get it. [Laughs] We have heard though,
even though there isn’t a curfew for us here in Puerto Morelos, that within Quintana Roo there are curfews like Isla Holbox.
I believe it’s from 10:00 p.m to 6:00 a.m. I think this is interesting though.
They’re restricting business’ hours and the hours that people can move but if you wanted people to have fewer interactions with each other,
I would think you would expand the hours. So then, what do you think about having a curfew?
Do you think there’s any point to it like to reduce parties or something? Or do you think that’s kind of stupid? I mean, maybe, it’s hard to say as an outsider.
I’m sure there’s someone who knows more about the situation than I do who actually created that.
So, you know, you guys let us know. Do you think the curfew is really useful?
Is that useful for these crazy pandemic times or is it kind of unnecessary for the reasons you gave that like,
you limit the amount of time that people can go out, then more people are going to go out during those times.
Major Changes For Hotels & Rentals
We do have an upcoming reservation a few months out.
We’ve cancelled all immediate upcoming travel but we still kind of have our fingers crossed for like going to Oaxaca.
That hasn’t been canceled on us but I don’t know what that means for like the future of our travel whenever it is safe to travel like, when is that going to be opened up? We kind of live with Airbnb,
like we live by Airbnb. That’s how we plan our travel in advance. So, Wow! And on a topic that so many people want to know about. The beaches! Are the beaches opening? Can we go to the beach?
No We have not been going to the beach and we can see the ocean through here and not a single person,
in fact, I can see tape that’s actually blocking off this entrance.
They are basically closed across the entire country and that is being enforced by police and military.
I even just saw an article where in Cancun it is being enforced by police drones,
where they’re carrying around signs that say “Quedate en casa” which means
There was actually a guy laughing in the background of one of these police drones. As you can see,
some type of officials ushering them off the beach with this drone out in front of them. I mean is that as funny as I think it is because it’s like,
what world are we living in today that drones are ushering us off the beach?
I mean, it sounds futuristic.
I think it’s interesting that it’s happening in Mexico. And then also, on the topic of drones. We learned that in Yucatan; our neighbor state, there are actually drones flying around spraying disinfectant in Merida, which also to me is very futuristic and I don’t know how I feel about that.
There was also here – disinfectant being sprayed near us and they even got a notice saying that we can open our windows if we wanted to take advantage of the disinfectant coming into our house.
And we could open our mouths, if you wanted to take advantage of that. [Laughter] No, you said we could open our mouths. We did not open our windows or our mouths. [Laughter] Is that not a weird concept,
like, open your doors and windows and you can take advantage of this mysterious disinfectant that we’re spraying? Like, I don’t know,
seems weird to me. (Both laughs) I’ll pass on that one.
I’ll pass on that one… definitely, on the opening the mouth thing.
So, these are the updates as of April 25th, 2020. Curious to know what you guys think of what’s going on here in Mexico and even how that differs from your city and state within Mexico,
or your country,
or where you’re living across the world. Let us know in the comments.