The answer to almost every question right now is “Stay Home” other than to get groceries, medicine or for emergencies. For example, question “are the beaches open” … answer “Stay Home”.
We went to Sam’s Club and Walmart yesterday for the first time in 3 weeks. Sam’s Club is still well stocked (yes, they had toilet paper and booze). Walmart was also quite well stocked (lots of toilet paper and booze) but was a little low on bread, soup, beans, rice and cleaning supplies. They were restocking the shelves though. On that note, neither store was taking sufficient care. They have marked off x’s to keep people separated at the Check-out. But hardly any employees were wearing masks and they weren’t keeping 6 feet from each other or from shoppers. They will have to look into closing the stores for stocking during certain hours.
We needed to go into Guaymas to go to a bank, but were not permitted by the police. They had a road block before the road to the Delfinario and didn’t permit anyone beyond it.
Blockades & Comisario Residency Cards for your Vehicle
We did not encounter a road block / check point coming back into San Carlos at 10:00am on Monday, but they have been set up regularly, especially on the weekend, and police are checking your residency. As part of their DN-III plan, the Mexican army may also be present at these security filters. This is not cause for alarm – they are assisting the local police and asking people to Stay Home.
The Comisario advised us that a security filter has been implemented by the State Police at the junction to the Delfinario road to politely ask visitors to leave our tourist destination for their safety and their family’s. The Comisario is also providing the Resident Cards that they use every Semana Santa for residents of San Carlos to use as identification. The Comisaria office is open from Monday to Friday from 8:15am to 2:00pm. Bring your proof of address, and info on your vehicle make and plate number. The cost is 40 pesos per car, and the monies will go towards the purchase of more street light bulbs. This Proof of San Carlos Residency can be placed in your front window when you are passing by a check point, and you won’t be asked to show any other proof of residency.
If you do not want to get a Residency Card, then when you leave San Carlos, you should bring a utility bill (CEA, CFE, Telmex) which will have your address on it to prove that you live in San Carlos.
There is now a curfew from 8:00pm to 6:00am. You must be at home during these hours. If you are in San Carlos or Guaymas, you may hear someone in a car announcing this on a loudspeaker (in Spanish).
No más Cerveza
To comply with the mandate that all non-essential businesses shut down, Grupo Modelo, makers of Corona, Pacifico and Modelo beer said that it will temporarily suspend its beer production and sales, and Heineken, makers of Tecate, Indio, Dos Equis and Heineken beers also announced that it will stop making beer deliveries.
In Sonora, alcohol, including beer, remains for sale in local stores but the hours of alcohol purchases has been limited by the government to 8:00am – 6:00pm. Restaurants can sell alcohol until 8:00pm.
In March, Grupo Modelo donated 300,000 bottles of hand sanitizer made with alcohol produced in its breweries.
Cigarette makers will also suspend production. The British American Tobacco Company (maker of Pall Mall, Lucky Strike, Kent and more) announced that it will suspend its production of cigarettes in Mexico.
Closure of Hotels
Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) issued a statement that the lodging industry, which includes hotels and online travel agencies, must stop taking reservations and reschedule all reservations they already have. States will determine which establishments will continue to operate and receive only guests performing essential activities, to a maximum of 15% occupancy. Hotels that are remaining open must close their sports and social facilities, such as swimming pools, gyms, spas, restaurants, entertainment centers, etc. Guests should remain in their rooms.
This week, Sonora’s State Health Council announced several recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus, including restrictions on the sale of gas for non-essential activities. The State made this recommendation because people continue to drive for non-essential activities. The Ministry of Labor is now analyzing this recommendation.
The following are the recommendations made:
1. Punish cases and contacts that do not keep quarantine and isolation for 14 days.
2. Punish people who enter Sonora and do not isolate themselves for 14 days.
3. Immediate ban on outdoor activities.
4. Closing of parks, squares, tourist places and the like.
5. Cancel construction works (except hospitals, roads and essential infrastructure).
6. Complete closure of non-essential business and industry.
7. Restriction on the sale of fuel to non-essential activity vehicles and, if possible, to the general population.
Masks are encouraged but not yet required in Sonora.
The CDC in the US now recommends wearing a mask. From their website: “We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity – for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing – even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)”.
Here’s a guide to using non-medical masks: Spoiler alert – you still need to follow physical distancing guidelines.
Mexico’s Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (PROFECO) announced measures against gas stations that raise prices.
If you find a business price gouging, you can file a complaint with PROFECO at 224-6160, 132-7745 and 622-108-3477. Two supermarkets in Guaymas were suspended by PROFECO for increasing prices.
SGN (Some Good News!)
Santa Rosa in San Carlos is offering to deliver items to your home. Click here for details.
VIVE Real Estate is offering a home delivery service for people who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with lower immune systems. Click here for details.
Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO in Hermosillo on Sunday. Besides the cost of your items purchased, a tip for this service is appreciated. Contact Franco at 622-112-9311, or Alex at 622-115-3466 for more details.
Greg and Elizabeth Hovey, through their San Carlos Fruits & Veggies project, will triple all donations made this week and the recipients (a local orphanage) of the organic fruits and veggies will be Hijos del Rey (King’s Kids).