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Coronavirus – A daily update on how Riviera Nayarit is addressing concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus

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Coronavirus is all over the news, and while the concern is real and special precautions are needed, it is important to follow the preventive actions and be aware of the symptoms. More importantly, do not panic!

There are 2,785 confirmed cases of the new Coronavirus, or COVID-19 in Mexico with patients located in different states of the country. The state of Nayarit remains one of the least affected by the COVID-19 or Coronavirus, with nine cases detected.

At this point the Ministry of Health in Mexico has declared that Mexico has officially entered into Phase 2, and more strict measurements have being launched in accordance with the protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mexico, the State of Nayarit and the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) adhere to strict international guidelines and protocols related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of many diseases and are well prepared. All hotels in the region are closed, as all public beaches, access to rivers, public and private community pools, as well as any tourist activity.

If you live in the region and for some reason you need to leave home, we strongly advise you to take a proof of address or any ID that proves that you are a temporary or permanent resident in the area, since few sanitary checking points have been installed to avoid tourism travels during these contingency times.

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and population is our top priority, however, in these very uncertain times, a good communications strategy with employees and organization members must include a balance between transparency of information and avoiding unnecessary fear.
The conversation must be supported by facts, verifiable data, and a focus on keeping people informed of the situation. Maintaining calm helps to keep control and brings about a more stable and safer environment.

Therefore, it is important to be aware of all the prevention, hygiene, and health measures that will be implemented within the state and follow them as indicated. Similarly, participants who execute and communicate correctly and effectively allow for better safety for travelers, visitors, employees, and the community at large.

It is through these actions and their communication that we as an industry can restart activities as soon as the quarantine measures and the situation allow. Together, we will be able to give certainty to travelers so their first option will be to reschedule their trip, not to cancel it, as mentioned by Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary General: “By staying at home today, we can travel tomorrow. And traveling tomorrow will support jobs, celebrate culture, and promote international friendship and understanding.”

All local hospitals and medical personnel are currently reviewing the best measures to take should a potential case in the destination arise. In a coordinated effort, the government, health authorities and private sector are in constant communication to determine measures, best practices, or assessment measures and know to keep us informed about any potential risks or cases in the destination.

In our own effort to keep you informed, we would like to share with you some useful information and facts regarding COVID-19:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water and use gel-based hand sanitizer with a 70% alcohol base.
  • Follow the “sneeze etiquette” when sneezing or coughing, that is, cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your arm.
  • Don’t spit and don’t touch your face with dirty hands, especially your nose, mouth or eyes.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and commonly used objects at home, the office, in enclosed areas, on transportation, in meeting places, etc.
  • See your doctor when you have a respiratory ailment.
  • Obligatory use of face mask for workers in contact with food or beverage.
  • Antibacterial gel in all areas and offices.
  • Ensure the bathrooms always have soap.
  • Vaccination against the flu.

For our audience in the northshore area, should you have any concerns about this topic, you may contact the Punta Mita Hospital, they are ready and well prepared to assist you. Certified doctors can also be sent directly to hotel guestrooms, private condo or villa to assist.

Punta Mita Hospital

Emergency Phone: (329) 688 0068

Click here to read the latest full Protocol and Recommendations Report from Riviera Nayarit.


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