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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, October 25, 2020, 20:49 (34 days ago)


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As of today Zihuatanejo has registered a cumulative total of 1,443 confirmed, 104 that have resulted in fatalities, 50 that are currently active, and approximately 1,205 that have recovered. We seem to be in a flat spot on the curve.

Still seeing way too many tourists not using facemasks or practicing social distancing. The police at the bus parking area, at the pier and patrolling the waterfront say nothing to them. Unlike Oaxaca, Sonora and many other states, Guerrero won't be going to Semáforo Amarillo for at least the next two weeks.

When our 102-year old neighbor and lifelong friend of my wife Doña Cari passed away 8 years ago she left behind two cats. One a black and white male named Prieto who died last year, and the other a brown tabby named La Panchonita whom we found dead in her favorite spot this morning. She was around 18 years old. One of the most fortunate cats in the world! She often greeted people at Plaza del Artista from her rooftop perch overlooking the statue. Maybe you heard or saw her? We'll miss her, but at least she had a pretty darn good life for a cat.

Today was another hot day, too hot to move around much outdoors unless you had plenty of coolant, preferably mojitos.

Of course I got up an hour too early to watch Formula 1 history be made this morning. That's what I get for trying to second guess F1's official website clock.

Tourists from a bus were in the water in front of the museum at Playa Principal way before the sun came up today.
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by Casa Juan @, Monday, October 26, 2020, 07:09 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Agreed mask wearing by tourists at the south end of La Ropa near Rossy's was definitely optional on Sunday(yesterday) at 5 pm. Far less than 50%. The tourist cop at the end of the taxi/combi turnaround had one under his chin with full mouth and nose exposed.

Don't know if there is anyway to impact the upcoming Day of the Dead festivities but it does not look favorable to this less than informed seasonal resident for Guerrero to make it back to green. Hoping I am wrong.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 26, 2020, 08:00 (34 days ago) @ Casa Juan

Agreed mask wearing by tourists at the south end of La Ropa near Rossy's was definitely optional on Sunday(yesterday) at 5 pm. Far less than 50%. The tourist cop at the end of the taxi/combi turnaround had one under his chin with full mouth and nose exposed.

Don't know if there is anyway to impact the upcoming Day of the Dead festivities but it does not look favorable to this less than informed seasonal resident for Guerrero to make it back to green. Hoping I am wrong.

The bus and day-tripper tourists who don't wear masks don't directly affect Guerrero's designation as far as the Semáforo goes. They go back to their own communities with their infection and that's where it's counted. The variable is how many people they infect while they're here, and as long as the Oxxo store workers and panga operators and the people they walk past on their way to and from their bus or vehicle practice the three basic health protocols, then here we should be good.

Few of the visitors who stay in Ixtapa waterfront lodgings stray far from their all-inclusive hotels, so if a hotel has a breakout of the virus it should have to increase their restrictions and alert local authorities. Unfortunately they are so secretive they would never alert the community and would likely fire any worker who did. The local government's health department should be monitoring them, but I doubt they are.

The biggest risk comes from visitors who rent, dine out, shop in local stores, and visit different beaches. The most mobile visitors can infect a lot of people if they bring the virus with them, and that's where local health safety protocols come into play. The better we practice them, the sooner we get back to green regardless of the condition of our visitors. That's basically my take. That's why I am encouraged by all the local workers wearing masks and the local businesses that practice health safety protocols. And it's also why I sound the alarm when I see foreigners walking around downtown without facemasks.

Día de Muertos in Zihuatanejo is supposed to be a local family affair, not a tourist attraction. Of course many bars cash in on Halloween celebrated by foreigners and some folks from some of the inland cities. And unfortunately the local government is sponsoring events that will also pose a risk to public health. I don't plan on attending any, and I encourage everyone else to do likewise this year.

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by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Monday, October 26, 2020, 08:52 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Yesterday at about 10 am, we were eating at El Vigia in la Ropa when 2 giant tour buses parked across the street in the lot. The Mexican families leaving one bus ALL wore masks. Those leaving the other did NOT wear masks. It must have to do with either the bus company enforcing mask-wearing or the driver's request.

Thanks for the lovely classical romantic song, "Sin ti."

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by Casa Juan @, Monday, October 26, 2020, 11:58 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I hope we make it thru Dia de Muertos without any big uptick, wish there was someway to enforce fines on the tour bus operators if they don't enforce mask wearing particularly when they depart buses in Zihua.

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by ZihuaRx @, Monday, October 26, 2020, 09:21 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

1st of all Rob, sorry about your cat. We have a nearly 15 year old dog that is probably any day now. I hope when it happens I find him laying in his favorite spot. Like your cat he has had a great life and I keep telling myself that. Last year he got to walk Playa LA Ropa, Larga, Saladita, etc. I'm so glad I got him down there. On another note, are people expected to wear masks while walking or sitting on Playa La Ropa? To be clear, I wear a mask whenever I go into a store or a outdoor public gathering, but I haven't worn one while walking down the street. Take care.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 26, 2020, 09:51 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

1st of all Rob, sorry about your cat. We have a nearly 15 year old dog that is probably any day now. I hope when it happens I find him laying in his favorite spot. Like your cat he has had a great life and I keep telling myself that. Last year he got to walk Playa LA Ropa, Larga, Saladita, etc. I'm so glad I got him down there. On another note, are people expected to wear masks while walking or sitting on Playa La Ropa? To be clear, I wear a mask whenever I go into a store or a outdoor public gathering, but I haven't worn one while walking down the street. Take care.

People here are expected to wear masks in the streets when around other people, yes. I remove mine when no one is around, but replace it when nearing others. Same on beaches, if you're walking near others you should don your mask. It's all about proximity and RESPECT for others. Sitting in one spot on the beach away from others you don't need a mask.

Some folks are pushing for Zihuatanejo to adopt measures similar to those used in other communities where people without facemasks are fined $500 or have the option to do community service or spend time in jail. In most communities it takes less than 50 people getting fined before almost everyone complies with the mandate to wear facemasks in public. This has worked in so many communities in Oaxaca that they just went from Semáforo Naranja to Amarillo in spite of a resurgence in Puerto Escondido.

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by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Monday, October 26, 2020, 11:31 (34 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Sorry about Ponchonita, Rob. Yes, I've seen her many times up there on the roof, and recall thinking she was, indeed, one lucky gatita.

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