As many as one third have permanently closed in some areas of the peninsula but there is some positive news coming out as well
Surpassing the one year mark of the Covid-19 mandated restrictions, bars, clubs and restaurants have been the single hardest hit business sector throughout much of the Baja peninsula.
There is no official tally but estimates run between 60,000 and 100,000 jobs and some put the real number closer to 200,000 when considering both the direct and indirect jobs that are affected when a business closes.
Some of the hardest hit areas include Tijuana, Rosarito Beach, Mexicali, Ensenada, La Paz and Los Cabos in a country where tourism has accounted for as much as nearly 10% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
After one year of the pandemic, Mexico’s total GDP dropped by 7%, however the tourism sector’s activity was cut in half, now contributing less than 5% of Mexico’s total GDP.
Hope on the horizon
With the new reported cases of COVID19 related hospitalizations and deaths trending down in all of Baja’s municipalities, local health officials are expressing optimism that in the coming days, the pandemic warning status could change from yellow to green light.
A green light status would mean that schools would reopen and business activity would be allowed to resume to something closer to normal, although some pandemic protocols would remain in effect.
The elderly as well as those who suffer from mitigating factors such as diabetes or heart disease would remain under tighter safeguards to help protect their health until enough of the general population is vaccinated to safely reach a herd immunity.
Sharecare accredits Cabo as a COVID19 safe destination
Los Cabos was recently named as a certified travel destination by Sharecare, a company specializing in health services and information and the very first in the world to receive the accreditation.
The Sharecare evaluation process looked at hygiene and health protocols at all of the hotels operating in the popular tourist destination.
Of the 85 hotels in Los Cabos, 84 completed and maintained verification on more than 360 global health safety standards, including health and hygiene protocols, sanitation, cleaning processes, ventilation in addition to implementing antigen testing programs.
The accreditation was given based on survey data amassed via questionnaires filled out by visitors at all of the Cabo hotel properties and acquired in real time through an app on their cell phones.
The surveys are part of the Los Cabos Te Cuida” program that was instituted late last year and began with a massive screening program that regularly tested both hotel employees and guests for COVID19.