“Heroes among us” during times of uncertainty

  • Regular people doing extraordinary
    things have become the norm for keeping spirits high in the midst of the crisis
    created by COVID-19

living in troubled times—COVID-19 has turned everything upside down, with
panic-buying and emotions running high. We’re pummeled daily by fear, the news,
social media, and it seems like nothing is going to get better, at least not in
the short term.

the midst of all this uncertainty, there are some people who have remained calm,
who instead of creating panic or taking advantage of the situation have kept
their spirits up and lent a helping hand, people who care more about others
than about themselves. They are the heroes among us!

we think about “heroes,” we think about extraordinary people or someone with
superpowers. However, anyone can be a hero.

are some examples:

+ The doctors and nurses who work
even though they might get infected.
view of the global crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, agencies and
institutions have joined efforts to promote staying at home to tourists,
visitors, and citizens in general. But not everyone can comply with this

professionals—doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and lab technicians all need
to work tirelessly, sometimes without the necessary equipment or in 24-hour
work marathon days. Given their positions in the front lines of the hospital,
they are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 contagion and are an example of
dedication by placing their duty to society above their health.

no doubt they are the true heroes in this health crisis.

+ The policemen and soldiers who
protect the population and recommend we remain isolated.
National Guard has launched an awareness campaign as part of their prevention
efforts and strategies against COVID-19 at the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit
International Airport, bus terminals, and shopping malls. Every day they hand
out bottles of antibacterial gel and informational flyers and offer talks and
training on preventive measures to avoid the spread of this virus. Due to the
closures and shutdown of operations they have also redoubled their surveillance
efforts and mobile patrols in shopping centers, downtown areas, jewelry stores,
and the hotel zone to prevent looting, vandalism, and robberies.

+ Community groups
groups perform charitable actions throughout the year and this emergency period
is no exception, which is why they’re already organizing to support the most
vulnerable. This is the case in San Pancho, which just launched an initiative
to help the elderly on their “San Pancho Nayarit Comunidad Participativa” page.

all the community that uses this page: your support is requested to identify
elderly and lonely people near your homes who are vulnerable to the current
situation (COVID-19) and relay this message to them. If you can, help them
place a red cloth outside their homes, it will be very helpful as we be doing
rounds every day to support them any way we can. Thank you for your

groups like the Punta de Mita Foundation are doing the same, which is giving
its support to the communities of Higuera Blanca and Punta de Mita during this

+ The person who is giving away food
to those in need or to those who have lost their jobs.
times of crisis the Mexican people show our true selves. We stand by each
other, we help each other, and creativity blossoms. Social networks have played
an important part: people are communicating via Facebook, Twitter, and even
Instagram (known for its egocentric culture) to offer their help to those who
have less.

who cannot provide food, offer their services: “Hi, I’m a cook, I’m not working
right now, but I can prepare food. I’d be happy to help.”

all this is over, we’ll surely remember them all as heroes.

+ The businesses that remain open to
provide services to the population.
a silver lining to this crisis created by COVID-10—even though many businesses
have had to close, and restaurants have reduced their service, they have
reorganized and sales via social networks have increased.

supermarkets and the few convenience stores that are still open are offering
delivery service; restaurants have had to “reinvent” themselves, some with
special menus, selling by the kilo, and offering “takeout only.” Many of them
have decided to “die in the line of duty” next to their employees and aren’t
contemplating cutbacks, yet.

stands, bakeries, butchers, taco shops, etc. are all aligned to life easier for
families who have to stay at home, delivery everything they need via drivers,
who are, of course, heroes as well.
can’t let the economy fail!

+ Foreigners who have decided to stay
here to face the pandemic instead of going home.
year the so-called “snowbirds” arrive at the Riviera Nayarit—North American
tourists who have had a grand “romance” with Mexico for decades, migrating from
the United States and Canada seeking warmer climates to shelter from the cold
winters. These tourists have even made the Riviera Nayarit their second home.

even though the vast majority have returned to their countries of origin, a
large group has decided to stay and spend the emergency in Mexico, mainly in
the communities of Bucerías, San Pancho, and Rincón de Guayabitos. They’ve kept
in touch with their families in Canada via social networks and have even joined
community groups by supporting their initiatives and working
shoulder-to-shoulder with their Mexican friends. Good for them!

Do you know about any other “hero”
who should be recognized for their contribution in the midst of this health

Visit our website: https://www.rivieranayarit.com.mx/

View the protocols and recommendations to
protect yourself from COVID-19:

The Riviera
Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel
and Motel Association (AHMBB) reaffirm their commitment to the strategic
promotion of the destination, pursuing areas of opportunity and consolidating
new markets to increase the number of incoming tourists with the support of the
Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

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