Que Pasa in Cabo?

June 8, 2020
BY: DAVID FLORES

Some Restaurants Closing for Good.

As a result of the quarantine, several restaurants in Los Cabos and La Paz have announced they will not re-open. In Cabo San Lucas, the Mango Cantina in the marina and its sister restaurant bar and Karaoke/dance hall, “ArreMango” on the main drag, have announced they will not open again. In La Paz, the popular TailHunter restaurant has closed its doors for good, as well as Applebee’s, the La Morante Art Bar, Jiro Sushi and the Harker board. Most restaurants are offering To-Go and Home Delivery services, but the lack of income of the population is hurting all, badly. One business that is adapting to the “new normal” (yup, we hate that phrase too!) is Baja Beans in Pescadero, who will be shipping coffee around the world via Amazon.

 

Southern Baja Needs Your Support.

The Baja California Sur Community Alliance (BCSCA) continues to work providing food aid to families in need in Baja California Sur. The BCSCA’s goal is to support 40 thousand families during the months of the crisis caused by the presence of COVID-19 in our Southern Baja state. To do this, the BCSCA is delivering an average of 1,500 food packages (despensas) Monday through Friday. There are endless hours of coordinating and prep work before these deliveries are made; from the organization of distribution routes, the assembly of the food packages, the loading of vehicles, to the distribution itself, which is carried out door to door according to the established biosafety guidelines. This effort is achieved thanks to the coordinated work of volunteers with personnel from the different associations that are part of the Alliance and the armed forces. The BCSCA has three main goals: 1. For everyone in BCS to have enough food during the COVID-19 crisis. 2. For all medical personnel to have sufficient resources to treat patients 3. To be a permanent support network that may be activated during future emergencies. For more information visit https://acbcs.org.mx/en

 

How Soon Will Tourists Return?

As soon as they can, they say, according to the results of a poll by the BestDay Travel Group. Since restrictions in Mexico gradually began lifting June 1, Mexicans were interviewed first. Sixty-percent of them say they plan to travel A.S.A.P., and 80 percent during the next 12 months. Their favorite time is September through November, with the Mexican Caribbean preferred by 47 percent and the Pacific with 29 percent. Tourists will look for big resorts (67 percent), high-hygiene record (83 percent), price being important (79 percent). We’re getting ready for them!

 

And, How Fast Can We Be Ready?

In 10 to 15 days, says the Los Cabos hotel association. Once the state’s health department gives the hotels the green light to open, that’s how little it will take to start welcoming passengers. That speed is possible because the resorts kept part of their maintenance, landscaping and cleaning staff working. The terms to open will include sanitizing every single room, restaurant, bar, gym and spa and all public areas, as well as to train the staff in the new protocols to operate in a hygienic manner.

 

How fast can we recover?

According to Fiturca, the Los Cabos tourist fund, about 55 percent of the rooms should be occupied during August and September, pretty much as it used to be as it’s also the rainy season. The figure comes from the hotel association report on how many reservations were postponed to those months, as well as new reservations that have been made during the quarantine.

 

We Are Wanted!

Travel + Leisure reports that Expedia has seen an increase in locations searched by North Americans for vacations lately. As restrictions begin to be lifted, many are hoping to get away as soon as they can. And where do the Gringos want to go? Mexico! Most of the international searches are for Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen, followed by destinations in the Caribbean. A survey by Preferred Hotels & Resorts also revealed Mexico is among the 10 top places where international travelers want to go. In the meantime, the Los Cabos hotels, along with the health and tourism ministries, are developing a manual with hygiene protocols to follow before opening, and during their operation in the future. Stay Calm, You’re Coming Back Soon!

 

Goodbye All-Inclusive and Buffet Lines?

During the Summit “Recover Tourism,” John McCarthy, the former National Director of Fonatur – the federal agency that developed San Jose del Cabo, the Cabo marina, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Cancun and Huatulco, stated that All-Inclusive and Food Buffet lines should disappear.

McCarthy added that both concepts add to the risks of infection by creating large meetings of people in a single place. Hotelier Alberto Granados countered saying that “We must find a way to make everything safer; evidently, this (situation) will create a culture of higher hygiene by sanitary authorities.” The Mexico City hotel ass. spokesperson said that All-Inclusive and food buffet might not disappear, but will take some time off. This would be a plus for local restaurants in every destination, as All-Inclusive resorts have affected their sales worldwide.

 

Los Cabos Ports Might Open in July

Fernando Hoyos, head of the Cabo San Lucas management company (known as API for its long name in Spanish), stated the port might resume activities in July.

Hoyos had just finished a teleconference with port managers of the continent who are coming up with a manual on how to operate from now on. For example, leisure and fishing boats have to decide on what kind of cleaning products they can use to sanitize their vessels, as chlorine is forbidden in marine areas. Stay tuned.

 

Medical Equipment Arrives!

A total of 13.5 metric tonnes of medicine, face masks, computers, hospital beds and furniture, plus personal protection equipment, have arrived in our state. The federal government sent the additional equipment and medication to help the treatment of those affected with COVID-19 in our state. The Mexican Air Force flew it aboard one of their Alenia C-27J Spartan cargo airplanes, to be distributed among hospitals prepared for the pandemic. As of Monday, May 25, a total of 517 people have been detected with Coronavirus. Of that number, 254 have recovered, 31 have died and there were 232 positive cases. La Paz and Los Cabos remain the most infected with 89 and 83 cases, respectively. Loreto has maintained a zero-infection rate so far, with 28 positives in Comondu and 32 in Mulege. Stay tuned, stay safe, stay healthy!

 

That’s it, folks!