Mexico, like most countries, has taken an economic beating this year from the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions on business activities began relatively late here — in April — but were severe for the first three to four months, and since the summer the severity of shutdown has varied across states and municipalities around the country. As the year comes to a close, contagion remains fairly high overall and Mexico City has reverted to red, the highest level on the epidemiological traffic light used to set restrictions on business and mobility. Whatever the color though, a lot of people are catching the COVID, as it’s called here, and hospitals are at or close to capacity in the capital. Continue reading Daunting road ahead for Mexico in 2021
March 26, 2020, day whatever of the COVID-19 global crisis, and we’re here to report that Mexico City is still hopping. We’re not going to say that things are normal — they’re not — but we took a bike ride up Av. Alvaro Obregon in central Colonia Roma at lunch time today and the stores and restaurants were open with customers. There’s no question that foot traffic is way down (vehicle traffic was fairly heavy), but there were people out there ordering their glasses of wine or beer while perusing menus at outdoor cafes. The media are telling us that this is not the case in most of Europe right now, so maybe it’s no wonder that the occasional tourist couple can still be seen stubbornly sticking out the remainder of their Mexico City vacation. Continue reading Mexico City COVID-19 update March 26
It’s Friday afternoon here in Mexico City’s popular Condesa nieghborhood and the joints are rockin’. Goin’ round and round, one might even say. Good Time Charlies and Janes are getting after it early for the Benito Juarez holiday weekend, and the beer, wine and mezcal are flowing unto them as a mighty river. Naturally, we are led to recall that time when Jesus totally harshed the disciples’ mellow by announcing that there would be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in divers places (Matthew 24:7), adding that all these would be the beginning of sorrows (24:8). In Mexico, famine is a fairly ongoing affair for large swaths of the population and we had the earthquake two years ago, so one could be forgiven for thinking that maybe it’s finally time for the pestilence, considering the current state of world affairs. Continue reading Mexico City: What, me worry?