Still Social Distancing in Bahia Marquer
18 May 2020 | Bahia Marquer, Isla Carmen in the Sea of Cortez
Social Distancing at its finest
A month ago we were getting ready to head into Puerto Escondido despite the news that once in port we would have to stay there as the Navy didn't want boats just going to and from the islands.
Luckily they changed that decree right away when they made the distinction between pleasure boats and boats that are homes. It was still OK for us to go out and Self Isolate in our homes as long as we minded the rules and stayed off the beaches. Fair enough.
We have been very fortunate to have perfect weather to stay here at Marquer on Isla Carmen enjoying the afternoon SE breezes keeping things very comfortable. We do get to swim and snorkel off the boat and the water is getting warmer and clearer everyday.
The biggest change in the anchorages from other years is the number of boats. As I mentioned before many more boats came to Baja this year at the time many boats usually leave. So instead of having the anchorage to ourselves or with only 1 or 2 other boats, we sometimes have as many as 10 -12. But Marquer is roomy and everyone spreading out nicely keeping that social distancing going.
We have been into PE a couple times this past month for some provisioning and visiting and they have maintained all the safety procedures as far as masks and distancing and checking everyone going into town. And so far this is still the only area on Baja that is COVID free!
The government has extended the quarantine on Baja but we have heard that there will be some relaxing of rules starting today as far as businesses opening etc.
We will be heading in to our buoy tomorrow for another supply run so it will be interesting to see what's changed since our last visit 10 days ago.
Here, just like everywhere, we just have to go with the flow and not make any big plans -- just wait and see what changes each day brings.
We are well aware that while we are comfortable in our home and we are all weathering the same storm we are not all in the same boat. Our hearts go out to those that are struggling financially and emotionally or have lost loved ones or have become ill themselves due to this terrible pandemic.
We look forward to seeing friends and family in happier days in whatever "new normal" comes along and in the meantime stay safe and sane wherever you are.