No Second Covid-19 Shutdown Likely for Puerto Peñasco

Yes, a tsunami would have been much worse. But the first wave of Covid-19 shutdowns in Puerto Peñasco was far from anything to celebrate. Across town, people were nearly drowning in financial woes, a lack of food, fear, stress, and a short supply. But at least now, the ray of sunshine fighting through dark clouds means hope. There is no second Covid-19 shutdown likely for Rocky Point Mexico.

This important message was part of the latest local forecast by Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro. The mayor made the announcement recently because he knows how to serve the residents he was elected to lead. He also knows what the visitors who keep his city running need to hear to keep coming back and driving the local economy.

The timing of Mayor Munro’s optimism worked like a 1-2 punch in Puerto Peñasco fighting back against Covid-19

. On January 12, 2021, the hospitals in the state of Sonora received their first round of the Pfizer covid vaccine. Those getting the vaccinations first are the ones who need it most. You can consider it a sign of gratitude for healthcare professionals and others working on the new “front-line.”

As of that January 12th date, Puerto Peñasco officially reported a total of 393 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 60 deaths. Most estimates for the current city population fall between 60,000 and 75,000. So, these numbers indicate the people have done a good job of following the recommended health protocols.

Of course this means many people are masking up, social distancing, washing hands, and staying home as much as possible. Fear can be a powerful motivator, right?

According to Mexico’s Covid-19 color coding measuring system, Puerto Peñasco remains orange.Granted, it is not a green light. But this in itself is quite an accomplishment compared to other cities in Sonora. For instance, Nogales to the east, and San Luis / Rio Colorado to the west, both carry a color red, maximum-risk warning.

Mayor Kiko Munro also announced if necessary, he will take additional measures against the spread of the virus. But at this point, he doesn’t see a second shutdown on the horizon.

The central point of Rocky Point in 2021 is tourism. The widespread restrictions of a second Covid-19 shutdown would have a devastating effect. While most of the vacationing tourists are gone in winter, many of the local residents and businesses have been fighting to hold on until the next busy season returns.  

In some ways you could say the small seaside resort has had to overcome a bigger risk than other places. How does it stop Covid-19 from spreading through the most vulnerable members of the community? And at the same time, how does Rocky Point make sure preventing the pandemic won’t prevent local businesses and the whole economy from surviving?   

See our updated Covid-19 information for Rocky Point here.

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