I was interviewed by a local Saskatoon radio station this morning, so if you've ever wondered what the Canucka sounds like at 7 am while hiding in a closet from her screaming four year old, here you go....(Thanks Brent and Ashley at NewsTalk980 CJME)
What's happening in Cancun right now? Not much of anything really, it's pretty quiet out in the streets. I went to the grocery store this morning to fill the fridge and there were very few people at the Mega (Lopez Portillo for you Cancunenses looking to shop without a crowd). The only things they didn't have in stock were alcohol hand wash, Lysol and surgical masks, but that was no surprise, they are nowhere to be found in town. It really and truly feels like hurricane time here, everyone is stressed about being able to feed their families, no one knows when we'll be back to the crazy kind of "normal" that is Cancun. Hubby and I are both waiting for word on whether we'll have work in the next month, he's been told they will make an announcement this afternoon that he may be laid off without pay. My stomach is in knots about our financial situation and I feel terrible for ALL the people in Mexico who are going to be seriously suffering from the "side effects" of the flu. They might not be physically ill with swine flu, but it's going to wreak havoc on everyone's life here.
Aside from my boring life, here are some news snippets about the situation in Mexico:
Federal Government Ceases Operations for Five Days- President Felipe Calderon is asking for all non-essential workers to stay home, both government and private sectors.
Mexican "Quarantine"- All Mexicans urged to stay home for the next five days.
Government of Quintana Roo Orders Bars/Restaurants Closed, Airlines Plan Evacuations- Any bar or restaurant with a capacity of over 80 people will be shut down (no word of when they'll reopen, most likely this will be evaluated before May 6). Some airlines are sending empty planes to evacuate their clients, this is NOT a forced evacuation, nor is it being implemented by the government, it's the private companies who have made this decision.
edited to add- Mexico Shuts Down Non-Essential Services (Dallas Morning News)
To follow the news on your own, the following media outlets in Mexico will be useful to you. Yes of course they are in Spanish, use Google translate if your español isn't up to the task.
Milenio- national Mexican publication
El Universal- national Mexican publication
La Jornada- publication from Mexico City
Noticaribe- local Quintana Roo news website
Por Esto- local Quintana Roo newspaper
Novedades- local Quintana Roo newspaper
I want to extend a big thank you to all who are reading, leaving comments and sending emails. I'm actually quite overwhelmed with the mostly positive responses, I know this is a time of tension and I appreciate everyone keeping their cool. I'm doing my best to reply to emails, but I know some of you may slip through the cracks, I am sorry for that. I'll try to address some comments later today, though I hope that perhaps this post will answer some of your previous questions. Please take a moment to check out the "Otros Blogos" section to the left, there are several fantastic bloggers in Mexico discussing their own points of view on the situation, give them a click for a different look at the situation.
Take care and be well, keep your cool, don't panic, this mess will pass soon enough.
(this is now old news, here's a link for the latest updates on AH1N1 in Cancun)
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