Depending on where you live, your daily routine, and your travel plans, the response to the COVID-19 outbreak will affect you in dramatically different ways. That’s because governments, institutions, and companies are responding in dramatically differently ways. Some are changing their operations by restricting travel, closing public facilities, and suspending business. For others, there is little or no change.
For example, our headquarters are in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. On March 17, 2020, our county officials mandated a “shelter-in-place” order similar to major chemical leaks or after earthquakes. We were required to avoid all non-essential travel outside our homes for next three weeks. Restaurants, theaters, gyms, and bars were closed. Only essential businesses are open, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. (Netflix wins!)
Our regional shelter-in-place was partially lifted early summer. Due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 and a shortage of hospital ICU beds, staff, and equipment, we entered a “stay-at-home” order mid-December that lasted through the end of January 2021.
The stay-at-home order was lifted in our region January 26, 2021, but many restrictions remain. For example, we’re required to wear face masks whenever we leave our homes and restaurants aren’t allowed to serve food indoors.
At our location in Mexico, the restrictions are similar and include limited gatherings at the beach. Also, the CDC in the U.S. requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning from Mexico.
Canada went a step further and has suspended all air travel to and from Mexico until mid-April 2021.