This Week… starting May 04, 2009
Due to directives from the State of Yucatan and the Mexican Federal Government, all public events are shut down in Mexico at least until May 6. As we type, we have heard rumours that things are getting back to normal and that most things will start up again after May 6.
Here is the most recent word from Mexico’s President Calderon:
Mexico City. President Felipe Calderón said that the situation regarding the influenza virus in Mexico has stabilized, as a result of which conditions are in place for the country to gradually resume its activities.
“The situation has stabilized, meaning that we are now in a position to start getting back to normal,” he said. At a meeting at the official Los Pinos residence with all the governors of the country, as well as the Mayor of Mexico City, the President said that it will be crucial for people not to lower their guard.
President Calderón reported that classes at university and high school will resume on May 7, followed by activities in elementary and middle school and daycare centers on May 11.
“The school cycle will resume with the guarantee that school facilities have proper hygiene conditions. Before going back to school, we must clean and disinfect the facilities and above all, engage in an exercise of joint responsibility at our schools and in our educational communities.
He added that the aim is to minimize any health risk and maximize the population’s reincorporation into its everyday activities.
We have also heard that cruise ships are not scheduled to return to Mexico until May 11.
We will monitor the situation and as soon as we hear that events have started up again, we will begin to add them to this page.
In the meantime, we urge you to stay calm and enjoy the quiet time. We here in Merida don’t think there is anything to worry about, other than the loss of income for some who cannot afford to take a week of unpaid vacation. We look forward to putting these cautionary measures and the H1N1 virus behind us, while at the same time, we appreciate the Mexican Government’s willingness to take the necessary measures to see that this flu virus spread as little as possible.
Please read our News page for the latest information about the H1N1 virus in the Yucatan and in Mexico.