Chapala opens Phase Zero: a report from restaurants.
RESTAURANT IN THE CENTER OF AJIJIC.
Patrick O’Heffernan. Ajijic – Kicking off the reopening process, Chapala posted its Comprehensive System for Economic Reactivation (SIRI) on its Facebook page along with a video outlining the steps necessary for businesses to get accredited to open. Among the first to apply and reopen are restaurants.
At the state level, Governor Alfaro anticipates that in this “Phase Zero”, manufacturing industries will open first, followed by agricultural industries. Chapala is allowing the opening of its 450 restaurants in Phase 0. The official state plan and required sanitation protocols are to be released by this Thursday but local restaurant owners have already been able to apply. The plan will include dates for each phase of a sector’s reopening and the “new normal” for operation.
Tourism is expected to be the last sector to open and a spokesperson for UdeG projected 5 months before tourism is opened, bad news for Chapala and tourist-oriented Ajijic. But local restaurants are opening so Laguna talked with restaurant owners to get a picture of the reactivation process on the ground.
Pasta Trenta Italian Restaurant owner Barbara Romo reopened Tuesday night with 30% of her tables available and no more than 4 people per table plus following all sanitary protocols… Look for complete information in the print edition of this newspaper.
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Patrick O’Heffernan (Ajijic).- The mayor of Jalisco issued an order Thursday afternoon closing down all non-essential businesses. The order listed 32 types of non-essential including liquor stores, offices and hotel. Restaurants are not on the list, but restaurant owners are reporting they are closing also, including stopping take-out.
There is now no live music in Lakeside. Musicians and venues are responding by going online. Ray Domenech of Casa Domenech is livestreaming the Hoping for the Best Tour of online jazz concerts. Daniel Cordero has started the One Man (social distancing) Band 30-day challenge, posting a song a day. Lakesider Ginetta Silvi, currently in New York, is live streaming jazz on Facebook. Guitarists/singers Beto Moreno and Chris Cuevas Ibarra are posting live videos. The Lakeside Entertainment Facebook Group is posting notices of livestream music and entertainment videos.
Many galleries have been closed already, hard hit by tourist travel restrictions and the return home of Ex-pats to keep their health benefits. Some galleries and artists are shifting online, like Cathy Chalvignac, Sacha Phariss and photographer Maureen. Guadalajara-based singer/artist Jaramar has recently launched an online art auction on Facebook.
Grocery stores, Walmart, Superlake, and most tiendas that sell food and drink are open, but some street vendors and food carts ae beginning to close down. The official Decree, titled Extraordinary Actions to Address the Health Emergency Generated by the SARS-COV2 Virus, was published March 31, 2020, in the Official Gazette of the Federation. The Mayor’s Thursday announcement can be found at https://bit.ly/2wXWPDz