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. . . 31 de marzo a las 3:30pm is the "Facebook Live For American Citizens" hosted by Ambassador Landau . . . a virtual town hall for American Citizens (living ) in Mexico. I think the fb page ( which you have to Like to participate in the town hall ) is Embajda Estados Unidos en Mexico ( al least that is how it is displaying on my newsfeed . . .

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How did that go ? Learn anything useful ? Can't find any mention of it...

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I missed the first few minutes (changing browsers to get the sound to work). What I heard was an introduction with the usual advice about social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel etc. Some reminders that the State Dept does not provide medical care. Then an endless stream of audience questions, almost all of them "I'm in Mexico, should I stay or go to the US" or "I'm in the US, should I stay or go to Mexico".

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I missed the first few minutes (changing browsers to get the sound to work). What I heard was an introduction with the usual advice about social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel etc. Some reminders that the State Dept does not provide medical care. Then an endless stream of audience questions, almost all of them "I'm in Mexico, should I stay or go to the US" or "I'm in the US, should I stay or go to Mexico".
And the answer was???

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the answer should be do not travel to start with

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the answer should be do not travel to start with
This Landau guy's boss is a guy named Pompeo (sec of state). I have cut down drastically how much US news I watch/read but I did catch a couple minutes of Pompeo in front of a podium yesterday and his message was to return to the US NOW - or you may not be able to get in. He was not speaking to Mexico specifically.

Just found the text of his speech online.

"At the same time, I want to deliver a message to Americans who are still abroad. We remain steadfast and committed to getting you all back. We do not know in some countries how long the continued commercial flights in your country may continue to operate. We can’t guarantee the U.S. Government’s ability to arrange chartered flights indefinitely where commercial options no longer exist. I urge Americans to register with their nearest embassy at step.state.gov and work your way back here. Americans abroad who wish to return home should do so immediately and make arrangements to accomplish that."

https://www.state.gov/secretary-mich...o-the-press-7/

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No matter what, the more people travel the more the disease spread... I can see snowbirds wanted to go back and having to go back but I have no sympathy for people who travelled despite the fact that the virus had started in the US...or the Europeans showing up in Chiapas right now...How irresponsible can people be??
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And the answer was???
. . . okay, here is my take away from a few notes and reading the "online chat questions/comments" posted during the LIVE fb feed :

firstly, all were encouraged to enroll in the STEP (notification program) • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

secondly, per comments on this post, "stay or go," . . . my take away - "your personal situation determines" what is best FOR YOU (your health, your living arrangements in country, peace of mind . . . etc). If you chose to leave Mexico, do it now! "non essential travel" was continually discouraged ((( which goes without saying )))

thirdly (and secondly), for those of us choosing to remain here in Mexico . . . "Ride out the storm." (((I decided a few weeks ago that my living here en mi casa was my best option - with my two cats )))

Finally, the audio was "spotty" which directed my attention to the continual online stream of comments & questions from the audience. THAT online chat feature WAS GREAT!!! One theme repeated, and that was "civil unrest," "security," how safe are the highways for those who would return to the USA via car, border crossing status updates . . . these were not addressed as I would have preferred OR expected. ((refer to 2nd point above)).

. . . with all said, I am staying here in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas . . . all mi vecinos son Mexicanos . . . las tiendas estan struggling YET providing basics - I will continue to support them (as I would do my best to support those in California if I were there today). Something that has not changed here en mi barrio - my neighbors check on me and vice versa, I check on them EVERY DAY - with a "sana distancia" hola, buenos dias, buenos tardes . . . you get this meaning . . .

I hope the Ambassador & embassy continue doing these LIVE videos ( with better audio ), and encourage our questions to be sent in 1 -2 days ahead so the "above missing responses" can be categorized and ANSWERED by the Ambassador or Consul General as best they can.

. . . well, estos dos pesos mios ( I think that is grammatically correct )

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And the answer was???
Avoid unnecessary travel. That may be a harder question for people who are part time in both countries, but a lot of the questioners were asking: can I visit my relatives (questions for both directions). That seemed like a no-brainer to me. No, you should not travel for a birthday party, etc.

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No matter what, the more people travel the more the disease spread... I can see snowbirds wanted to go back and having to go back but I have no sympathy for people who travelled despite the fact that the virus had started in the US...or the Europeans showing up in Chiapas right now...How irresponsible can people be??
. . . the virus' origin was China . . . thus had started there . . . Europe, Korea, USA were impacted by the epicenter - Wuhan, China . . .

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