The Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende has been, like many other organizations, deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. After more than 60 years of loyal service to the community it is not the first crisis, but all the preceding ones were transitional ones due to the changes that affected the world of education in general and changes in the composition of the board of directors.
Neighbors in Ejido Don Diego, located on the road to Celaya, responded to a call for help from a neighbor but stopped short of taking justice into their own hands. They subdued and held captive a man who, according to witnesses, tried to sexually abuse a woman and kidnap a child.
For 35 years, Feed the Hungry (FTH) has been dedicated to alleviating childhood hunger by providing hot, healthy meals every school day in the school kitchens they operate in 36 mostly rural communities. Before COVID-19, FTH was serving as many as 5,000 meals daily—nearly one million meals each year. When the schools closed because of the pandemic, the organization had two options: stop operating or innovate—even if it had to be done without the full force of its some 100 volunteers.
The completion of a peripheral ring road to alleviate traffic in the city, an airfield operated by Fly Across, the reconstruction of a bridge in La Cieneguita almost two years after its collapse—these are just three of many projects that have fallen victim to the pandemic. They are at a standstill, although final plans apparently have been completed, and funding is in place
Although over 40 percent of businesses are now operating in San Miguel de Allende, others, such as galleries and cultural venues, remain closed. Luckily, there are other options for tourists outside the urban area, ranging from a tour of the Xotolar canyons, to a trek through the Picachos, to a visit to the indigenous chapels of the early colonial period along the banks of the Laja River.
“Attention! You are entering a high-risk area for COVID-19.” This is the message on signs that Jurisdiccion Sanitaria II (Health Jurisdiction II) has placed in seven San Miguel de Allende neighborhoods identified as high risk for COVID-19 infection.