CN 2020April6 - Coronavirus in Nayarit

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Coronavirus in Nayarit

April 6, 2020

The Governor of Nayarit has made a number of directives to thwart the spread of COVID-19. Among them the closure of hotels in the area and extending the other best practices for citizens to follow to slow the infection throughout the area. He is more proactive than the Governor of Jalisco, but the latter has a much larger population and geographic area to consider.

Regardless, Vidanta has closed all operations for at least two weeks, as have other hotels and other establishments where people come together. In addition, construction projects have halted too. We are not sure if construction has stopped at Vidanta Nayarit, though, and we will search for answers to that question. In the meantime, following is an article that appeared in Mexico News Daily on April 6:

Sayulita, Nayarit, shuts the door on vacationers - Governor warns residents of Jalisco not to visit the state
Published on Monday, April 6, 2020

Residents in Bahías de Banderas, Nayarit, the municipal home of the popular beach destination Sayulita, blocked access to the town over the weekend in order to prevent out-of-state tourists from visiting during the emergency period called in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The residents criticized the out-of-towners for ignoring the government’s recommendations to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell reminded the public on Friday that they should not be making plans to hit the road for the Easter vacation period.

Local media reports said that around 20 residents set up checkpoints at the entrances to the town. In a video shared on social media one can be heard telling the tourists attempting to enter that if they want to go on vacation they should pick somewhere else.

Later in the video an argument can be heard between residents and tourists, the latter complaining that there were no hotels in which to stay and the former reminding them that the announcement of the beach closures came many days prior to their arrival.

Nayarit Governor Antonio Echevarría posted a video to social media in which he expressed his anger over citizens traveling from Jalisco for vacation and urged Nayarit citizens not to provide services to them.

“We have made the decision to close all the beach clubs, all the public pools. And I’m asking the people of Bahía de Banderas not to provide services to these people in your homes,” he said.

Echevarría said that an official in Jalisco had been in communication with him to let him know that many Jalisco residents were going to Nayarit for vacation.

“We are not going to allow them to come and infect our people,” he said. “Please stay in your homes in Guadalajara.”

The weekend’s events were not the only examples of communities closing themselves off to outsiders. Indigenous residents in Baja California Sur, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Chihuahua closed off access to their towns in response to the virus.
Only 9 cases of COVID-19 cases have been reported in Nayarit through April 5 and only 1 death. That is a good thing!

The only question is can we have confidence in those numbers? Some people feel the number of cases is under reported. That may be and we will never know. So we have to go by the numbers given by the authorities.
Adhering to Best Health Practices works. This too will pass. Soon we will return to paradise! Stay safe and be well....!
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