Coronavirus : How Covid-19 Affecting Mexico Part-1

Coronavirus : How Covid-19 Affecting Mexico 

Coronavirus: How affected covid19 in Mexico
Coronavirus: How affected covid19 in Mexico

Welcome back,
 Tangerineys. I'm Jordan, this is Maddie and there have been a lot of changes since we gave you our last update on what's going on in Mexico.

 So, we're going to get into those in today's video. We've been living in and traveling throughout the country of Mexico for two years now.
 We're currently in the small town of Puerto Morelos;
 Quintana Roo - where we've been in self-isolation - a self-imposed quarantine for six weeks now.
 It's not mandatory to do that here in the state of Quintana Roo, but it is, in states like Jalisco and Michoacan.
 (Travel Restrictions in Mexico) - What kind of travel restrictions are we seeing? The US Embassy website states,
 "The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative on March 21st,
 restricting non-essential travel along the US-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 On April 20th, the initiative was extended for another 30 days.

People are having to prove that they live in certain places like with an electricity bill or something, in order to enter.
 I've seen this happening within the state that we're living in Quintana Roo.
 You have to prove that you live in Tulum or Akumal to be able to enter into those places. And even like Isla Holbox,

 you have to be able to prove that you live there in order to get back there. Tourism is completely shut off.
 Also, on the topic of travel restrictions,
 we have read and heard about health screenings taking place at various places like the US-Mexico border and at airports,
 and also,
 I saw this happening at immigration in Cancun where they're taking temperatures using very like high-tech gadgets,
 basically where it's heat mapping or is that what it's called,
 thermal? Thermal...

 Thermal imaging,
 I think is what they call it. Okay, thermal image scanning people to find out what their temperature is since that's an indicator of having Coronavirus.
 That's something I've also never before seen happening and even the gadget itself,
 I've never seen that,
 where she holds it up to the person, you could see the heat map of their face and then it reads the temperature.

 Wild! That was like Cancun immigration.
 You know,
 I think it's Disneyland that it's called the happiest place on earth, Cancun immigration is the opposite of that.
 Yeah, the least happy place on earth, but that's a video for another day.
 Hell on earth! Not going to get into it anymore.
 Are Masks Mandatory In Mexico? So, here's something I've never seen in my lifetime - the requirement of wearing masks in public.

 I think Quintana Roo has been slow to react or slow to implement things in many ways but now,
 we're experiencing a mandatory usage of masks in public.
 I think this is becoming the case in the majority of Mexican states across the country and it's kind of happening on an individual state-by-state basis.
 Here in our town,
 doesn't really seem like it's being enforced,
 at least, not on the side of town where most people live because going out,
 we see tons of people without masks still.
 It does seem though that to go into most business establishments they all have something posted saying you must wear a mask to enter.
 recently, we had to go buy more water. So we went to Oxxo - a convenience store to get our bottles of water.
 It had a sign there (the use of masks is required to enter the store.) However, there were still people coming in that didn't have masks.
 So, even with signs and measures like that, maybe it's just lack of manpower.

 They don't have enough people to enforce those type of things, but it's not like so strictly enforced.
 Whereas in other places, we've heard that you can get...
 In other cities and states across Mexico, that you can be fined or even put in jail if you're not wearing a mask in public.
 Here, we haven't really seen police be that forceful in making people do that. At least, not on our side of town.
 But our friend Trisha who lives on the beach side which is where most of the tourism happens here - where most of the tourists stay when they come here.

 She went out of her house for the first time in I think it was three weeks.
 She didn't have a mask and was almost immediately stopped by the police asking her if she was on her way to buy a mask. And then, she did.
 She went and bought one from a place where some people are making them.
 That's something I'm really proud of in this community.
 There're people who are sewing these masks and creating them to distribute among the community.
 So she went to one of those places and then was quickly told, "Okay, now, go home." Right after that.

 So, maybe it's more strict on the beach side than where we are in the Colonia side,
 but we have gone out on our once a day like what I call a jailbreak where we take our dog for a W-A-L-K. She's sitting here so we can't say the actual word.
 We're taking the back roads where we're around nobody at all.
 So, we're not wearing anything because it seems completely unnecessary if we're not coming in contact with anyone,
 but according to these laws we should be. So, we're going to be finding something to wear on those times.

 But on the topic of people making masks, that's something that I love about Mexico - the entrepreneurial spirit that just permeates throughout this society because so many people have lost their jobs.
 One of our friends,
 whose family owns a restaurant in a big city here in Mexico,
 the restaurant closed, so they started making (for orders, contact Emmanuel; emmanuelmiranda.r@gmail.com)
 masks instead.
 Face shields and masks, and that's something we've seen a lot of.
 Yeah, I mean just basically, communities coming together and trying to support each other.
 The next thing is businesses. (Businesses During Covid-19 In Mexico).
 In the last video we made, we told you that a lot of businesses were still open and we were surprised how many were still open.
 Well, a few days after we made that video, there was a directive from the state governor saying all non-essential businesses must close down.

 So, just overnight, we saw a whole bunch of businesses closing.
 And the ones who did decide to stay open, I know a few construction projects decided to continue building,
 well they were forcibly shut down by the government.
 Of the ones that have stayed open that are essential, we've also seen major changes taking place.

 We talked about, for instance, how a local grocery store called Chedraui had implemented changes like you having to step on what seemed like a disinfecting mat - disinfectant-soaked welcome mat and use hand sanitizer before coming in.
 Of course, masks are... at the time of making our previous video, I think they were strongly suggested but now they're required. And there have been major changes for other essential businesses that have to stay open.
 We experienced this when we went to Costco for groceries this past week, where they have two lines of carts,

 basically funneling people in. Also, in the last video I mentioned that there's Plexiglas at Costco between the cashier and the customer. Now, in this past time that we went, there was so much more Plexiglas.
 Before, it was just in between the cashiers' station, where the register is and the other side.
 Now, it's like a giant wall of Plexiglas now. It's like you're at a hockey rink...
 Watching a hockey game.
 Except, instead they're ringing up your groceries.
 And everywhere too.
 We had to make a return as well and there were giant pieces of Plexiglas with only a tiny hole cut out where they could slip the receipt to you and you could sign it - Plexiglas everywhere.

 And then we were leaving the store, they had booths set up.
 Yeah. In some stores, we heard, like in Mérida, that only a few people were allowed in the store, like Home Depot,
 at one time.
 People were escorted by an employee while going around the store in order to help them get what they needed faster and get out of the store as fast as possible,
 even though we're not sure if the one person per family is mandated here in Quintana Roo. So,
 as it turns out the very same day we recorded this video,
 the mayor announced that more extreme measures were going into place in Puerto Morelos.

 She says, it is strictly prohibited for more than one person to enter Supermarkets per family and for children,
 pregnant women and older adults to enter. We've heard reports that in some stores it says if you're 50 and above,
 other stores it's if you're 60 years and older. And as just another example of the love and community spirit we have here in Puerto Morelos.

 Yvette, from Lola & Moya stepped up and even offered to do grocery shopping for people who were 60 and older,
 who are no longer able to do that for themselves.
 Well, we asked the question on Facebook what the situation is like in other parts of Mexico and for instance,
 Gabi said in Guadalajara, only one person from your family can go into the supermarket and then there's even restrictions on age.
 We also heard from Hume,
 sorry if I didn't pronounce that right, in Toluca,
 only one person is permitted to enter the grocery stores.

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