Thursday, June 18th, 2020
We have one eye peeled to the local news, statistics, and surrounding context in an attempt to maintain an up-to-date assessment of how Covid-19 is affecting our community and what that means for Tlayudona, for you, and for our local hosts.
For the moment, all of our touristic activities remain suspended, based on the fact that Oaxaca’s numbers of infected people (and related deaths) are still on the rise and our hospitals have a very limited capacity to receive more Covid patients. For this reason, we feel like it would be irresponsible to participate in inviting new visitors here when the medical infrastructure is already taxed to a dire extent. Many of our hosts and experiences are located in remote villages with few medical resources, and a large percentage of those communities are still closed to outsiders accordingly.
That being said, we are well aware of the fact that the local economy is largely moved by national and international tourism and that we are all sorely-affected by this suspension in travel and economic activity in Oaxaca. We take our responsibility to our community seriously, and are constantly brainstorming ways to balance our commitment to health and safety with the economic needs of our hosts. As soon as we feel it’s safe, we will re-open specific experiences to extremely-small groups (as has long been our unique approach to travel and “tourism”), with new sanitary measures in place. We will offer training on hygiene and protective measures to our hosts, and have already sourced a system for disinfecting our vehicle between each use.
Even with additional precautions in place, our journeys to more remote communities where access to medical care is extremely limited will remain on hold out of respect for those communities. We are working on ways to bring those experiences geographically closer and for them to be executed with the least amount of risk to our hosts. We are also working on various virtual experiences to offer you, so that you can continue to experience Oaxaca from the comfort of your home and contribute to our hosts’ familial economies.
We will keep you posted on all fronts. Feel free to contact us in the meantime with any specific questions.
You can see daily updates regarding Covid in Oaxaca on the state’s health department website here. The site is in Spanish, but the charts and statistics are fairly easy to decipher regardless of your Spanish level once you click on the Reporte Diario (Daily Report) tab. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them.