They prefer not to expose their health and that of their families, and they decide to wait for the emergency to pass.
Rocio Higuera Muñiz waited a long time to go to a concert by Ana Gabriel, one of her favorite Mexican singers, but when she heard the announcement from California Governor Gavin Newsom, urging to cancel or postpone meetings of more than 250 people in order to to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with all the pain in his heart, he decided to cancel.
"The concert is on March 27 at 8pm at the Inglewood Forum, but I don't dare go the way things are," said Rocío, a mother of four children, two of them minors.
"If I go to the concert I will not be calm, thinking that I can expose the health of my family"
In accordance with the policies of the state public health authorities, Governor Newsom recommended postponing or canceling events for more than 250 people across the state until at least the end of March..
For events with less attendance, he advised staying six feet from the closest person. However, he noted that those at high risk of acquiring the coronavirus should attend meetings of no more than ten people, and keep their distance.
"Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the lives of one or more people they meet," Newsom said.
And he emphasized that each of us has extraordinary power to stop the spread of this disease. "Not holding a concert or community event can have cascading effects, but we can save dozens of lives and preserve the health care resources your family may need in a month."
Jerry Ruiz, a lawyer residing in Pasadena, already had purchased airline tickets and hotel reservations when he received the news that the meeting of the National Association of Hispanic Lawyers was canceled due to the coronavirus.
“It was going to take place March 19-21 in Phoenix, Arizona. They postponed it to be held from June 17 to 20, ”he explained.
And he considered it a good idea to follow the governor's advice and avoid massive events. “Between 400 and 500 lawyers were expected from all over the country. But suspension has been the best because at the moment it is a risk to be where there are many people, said.
The good news was that he found a good disposition within the Delta airline, which launched a zero-charge policy for those who change their flight dates for the coronavirus.
“In the hotel, there will also be no problem to change the date, and the payment for registration to the annual meeting of the Hispanic Bar Association is not lost either. So we're fine, health first, "said Jerry.
Among the measures that President Trump announced to prevent the coronavirus from advancing in the country, was a 30-day travel ban to and from Europe.
But other countries are also closing their doors.
Until yesterday, Isabel Valdez, a resident of Burbank, a city in Los Angeles County, news of the coronavirus advance had not made her give up traveling to India along with a niece, but when she learned that India canceled all Tourist visas and announced that all travelers arriving in their country will be quarantined for 14 days, convinced that their long-awaited dream should wait a little longer.
"I was very excited about this trip, I had waited for it for a long time," she confided.
Isabel had exit tickets to travel India via Dubai from April 2 to 13.
"I don't know if I can get back the money I already paid for the trip, but I feel calmer because I have two grandchildren, four and six years old, whom I was worried about infecting on my return. That trip to India can wait. ”
Isabel confessed that she feels anxious and afraid of the social and economic impact that the coronavirus crisis will bring in Los Angeles and the entire country.
Immigration attorney Richard Lucero had a vacation trip to Egypt scheduled for April 5 for seven nights. On March 12, he decided to cancel after the announcement of the suspension of all trips to Europe.
"I'm not afraid of getting sick from the coronavirus because the risk is for people over 70, but I am concerned that Egypt declares itself in national quarantine as El Salvado didr, and that he cannot leave that country and return to America, ”he said.
Nor do you think that with the global alert for the coronavirus, you can enjoy the tours you have already booked in different places in Egypt. "If they quarantine the country, maybe they'll even cancel them, and I won't be able to get out."
Since the trip was purchased through the Expedia website, he said he canceled it, and the company promised to reimburse him for the spending as the cancellation is related to the coronavirus-triggered emergency.
Limit public activities
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti directed all City departments and agencies to take the necessary steps to postpone public gatherings of more than 50 people at municipal facilities.. This includes museums, libraries, parks, pools, and community centers. The only ones exempt are the Los Angeles International Airport, the Port of Los Angeles and the city's shelters.
"I know this is a time of anxiety for many people, but Angelenos should focus on preparedness and protection, not panic," he said.
The actions taken include closing the City Hall to the public, except for the public hearings of the City Council.
It was also proposed to hold the meetings of the commissions and directives by telephone or videoconference; and postpone meetings with more than 50 participants or those that require direct contact with vulnerable people.
Instructions have been issued to ensure there are enough stations to disinfect and wash hands in municipal buildings, and they will take steps to clean facilities more regularly and thoroughly.
By last, non-urgent municipal employee travel in and out of the country was ordered to stop, and managers were asked to prepare an emergency plan so that workers can work from home if it becomes unsafe for them to go to their normal workplace.
The president of the Los Angeles Council, Nury Martínez suspended the committee hearings for the remainder of the month.