News and updates on the impact the COVID-19 virus is having on our communities here in La Paz, and how you can help.
Many of our clients have had their plans to purchase or sell a home in La Paz put on hold due to the current global health crisis. As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our friends and neighbors here in Baja, in the US, in Canada and around the world, we want to continue to bring you updates on what is happening on the ground here in La Paz. Following are some resources to help you make progress on your plans and to help our local communities from afar. Below you'll find links to resources and updated information on:
- La Paz Quarantine Update: The latest recommendations and requirements from the governor of Baja California Sur.
- What We are Doing: Resources and tools we are putting in place to help buyers and sellers with their transactions.
- How You Can Help: Local efforts to feed families in need and provide medical equipment to local hospitals.
On March 30th, Mexico declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus. The governor of Baja California Sur has mandated a quarantine, which was recently extended through May 30th. Here in La Paz, all hotels, dine-in restaurants, beaches and parks, and other non-essential businesses are officially closed. At this time, only essential services such as grocery stores, banks, gas stations, hospitals and pharmacies are operating, and we are under a strict stay at home quarantine. Travel has been greatly restricted throughout Baja, and between Canada, the US and Mexico. For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 cases in BCS, visit the state government's web site here.
What We are Doing
While you may not be able to come to La Paz right now, we want you to know we are here to help. Whether you are looking for a La Paz area property to buy, are in the process of purchasing or selling your home, or are thinking of listing your La Paz area home for sale, following are a few ways we can work together, without requiring you to leave home. We recently wrote a blog on some of the tools and resources we have at your disposal to help you research properties, sign documents, view properties for sale and communicate with us or your builder.
Frustrated that you can't get here right now? You can find more resources on our web site to help you research properties and plan your trip when travel opens up again, including:
- Buyer's Guide: understand the process and what kind of documentation and financial moves you need to make to get ready to purchase your dream home in La Paz, BCS.
- Seller's Guide: how to get prepared to put your home on the market.
- Listings Page: research available properties for sale in La Paz to get a sense of what homes are selling for right now, or to start thinking through what kind of property is right for you in your price range.
- This Baja Life Blog: now is the perfect time to browse and read the posts on our blog, where we answer many common questions about moving to and living in La Paz.
How You Can Help
Are you wondering what you can do to help your friends and neighbors here in La Paz during this crisis? From donating to collect surgical masks for emergency personnel to feeding local families, here are a few ways you can help:
Food for Families: Our friends and clients, Steve and Jenny McGee, recently moved to La Paz from the US. In spite of being new to the area, they have jumped right in and have organized a Food for Families Drive for families in need in and around El Centenario. You can visit their page and donate via PayPal here.
FANLAP (Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz) is distributing care packages to 56 families whose children partake in the group's dining room program during the school year. Unfortunately with the closing of schools due to the coronavirus, the group had to close its dining room, so is now focused on organizing deliveries of food to its participants. To donate, visit FANLAP here.
Por un Mejor Sudcalifornia is a local nonprofit that is raising money for critical hospital equipment including Personal Protective Equipment like masks, face shields and protective gowns for local hospitals and medical staff. In addition to equipment such as ventilators, these supplies are in very short supply in BCS. To help local La Paz doctors, nurses and medical workers get the equipment they need to treat patients and save lives, you can donate via PayPal here.
Many of you may know Pablo Ahuja, a long-time La Paz resident who is involved in many local charities and is the organizer of numerous La Paz live music events such as the Blues Fest, Jazz fest and others. He is organizing a drive to supply surgical masks and gloves to local emergency teams. After outfitting 8 paramedic teams with full PPE, thanks to your donations, Pablo's team have sent its first supply of PPE to Salvatierra, ISSTE and IMSS Hospitals. All 3 have active Covid-19 ICU´s. You can donate via PayPal here.
Baja Dogs La Paz is a local non-profit rescue organization that is near and dear to our hearts. Working with Baja Dogs, we've personally been able to rescue and get dozens of dogs adopted to new homes here in La Paz and in the US and Canada. The travel restrictions have greatly impacted the street dog population here, and we are seeing many more dogs abandoned on the street because families cannot afford to feed them and care for them during this crisis. Your donation will help Baja Dogs provide dog food to local families as well as helping to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out abandoned street dogs. Donate to this worthy all volunteer organization here.