All social, sports, political, cultural and religious gatherings have been prohibited. There's black fungus kicking around, too.
The WSL’s highly anticipated event at Barra de la Cruz in Oaxaca, Mexico, which begins in one week, may get iced after “massive contagions by COVID-19” forced the closure of all beaches surrounding Puerto Escondido for two weeks, August 1 through 15.
As well, all social, sports, political, cultural and religious gatherings have been prohibited. Rule-breakers will be hit with fines and jail time of up to thirty-six days.
From Mex’s Today in 24,
The municipality declared itself on high alert due to the massive increase in infections and deaths. According to data from the Oaxaca Health Services (SSO), Santa María Colotepec registers 202 accumulated confirmed cases and 7 deaths. While the Coast region accumulates 3 thousand 707 accumulated cases and 337 deaths.
Also, local news sources are reporting a third case of black fungus from COVID-19, an aggressive as hell mould that gets into your lungs, turns your skin black and you break out in blisters and ulcers. Real unpretty.
Now, Barra ain’t Puerto.
It’s eighty or so miles east and maybe it’ll escape the lockdown.
And, sources at the WSL are saying it’ll be a bubble scenario anyway so it’ll go ahead, no matter what happens.
But getting in and out of Mex, with Tahiti on the other side, how many withdrawals y’gonna see?
Or is the game over for Mex this year.
Barra, you’ll remember, or maybe not, been a while, was the 2006 contest that affirmed everything good about the pro surfing game. An impossibly perfect sandbottom point most people had no idea existed. Professionals who’d been everywhere calling it the best wave they’d ever surfed, the best contest ever. Best-evers dripping through the floor. Andy Irons, who won the event, nailing the biggest frontside air in competition. The longest tubes seen in an event since Kirra was a thing.
It turned into a surf ghetto shortly thereafter. The council built a cabana and bathrooms on the beach for the influx of visitors. The coastal road was gated and an entry fee levied.
Tourism. Jobs. Money.
Who can argue with the capitalist ideal of the free market bringing wealth to the poor?