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Project Mercy Baja Response to COVID-19

Updated: June 8, 2020

All builds previously scheduled through July have been canceled or postponed.

Updated: March 21, 2020

Dear friends please note the latest information on Border Crossings.
We have seen the notification on TV and this is the news we received from Discover Baja Travel.
Keep safe out there, we are thinking of you ALL
Paula Claussen

The U.S.-Mexico land borders are now temporarily restricting non-essential travel to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

These travel restrictions will be in place for at least 30 days through April 20, 2020.

We will keep our Road Conditions Page updated with current information.

U.S. citizens and permanent citizens will still be allowed back into the U.S. from Mexico during this time.

There has been no specific mention of Canadian citizens entering the U.S.

Essential workers and people crossing for medical and educational reasons are exempt from restrictions.

Commercial cross-border trade will be allowed to continue.

The DBTC staff is currently working from home and remain at your service from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday via phone at 800-727-2252 or email at ask@discoverbaja.com.

For information on confirmed Coronavirus cases in Mexico and border situations, please refer to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico’s COVID-19 page and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Stay healthy, The DBTC Staff

Updated: March 20, 2020

Dear friends please note the latest information on Border Crossings.

We have seen the notification on TV and this is the news we received from Discover Baja Travel.

Keep safe out there, we are thinking of you ALL
Paula Claussen

From: ask@discoverbaja.com
To: paclau@aol.com
Sent: 3/20/2020 10:38:31 AM Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Non-Essential Travel Restricted at U.S.-Mexico Border

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, 2020, the U.S.-Mexico land borders will begin temporarily restricting non-essential travel to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. There is currently no timeframe on how long the non-essential travel restrictions will be in effect. We will keep you updated as changes happen and more information becomes available.

Essential workers and people crossing for medical and educational reasons are exempt from restrictions. Commercial cross-border trade will be allowed to continue.

We remain at your service and are available via phone at 800-727-2252 and via email at ask@discoverbaja.com to answer any questions. For information on confirmed Coronavirus cases in Mexico and border situations, please refer to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico’s COVID-19 page and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Stay healthy, The DBTC Staff

Updated: March 18, 2020

Dear Supporters and Volunteers,

With an abundance of caution and care for all of our U.S. and Mexican volunteers and workers in mind, we have decided to suspend construction for approximately three weeks.  

The situation will be reassessed early in April and an update will be sent to all of our loyal groups and posted online at that time.

Keep well and safe everyone.

Thinking of you all, Paula Claussen
President & CEO Project Mercy Baja

March 16, 2020

Dear Supporters and Volunteers,

As you are aware, Project Mercy Baja is committed to helping families in desperate need in the Tijuana/Tecate areas of Mexico. We believe in the power of giving to improve lives, create joy and security, bring people together across borders, and in so doing, enrich our own hearts and minds. 

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now declared a global pandemic, we cannot help but think of all those we know and care about in both Mexico and the U.S., including our wonderful supporters and volunteers, whom we have had the privilege to work with and get to know personally over the years. 

The Facts  

As of this moment, there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection in either Tijuana or Baja California. However, given the daily high volume of border crossings, that is likely to change. Mexico is ramping up testing and may, if necessary, limit the flow of people entering Mexico from the U.S.

Mexico does have a system in place for testing individuals for COVID-19, including one in Tijuana. 

The families we serve are very poor and thus have little opportunity to travel abroad or even very far from their current location. This economically-driven isolation helps limit the exposure to infected individuals elsewhere. Further, Mexico has extended spring break from schools for a full month as an additional preventative step.

Steps We Are Taking  

Project Mercy Baja is also taking preventative steps to reduce the possibility of infection at our build sites. We will provide hand sanitizer at all of our builds, along with nitrile gloves, and face masks for those who would like them. Fortunately, we build outdoors and can practice a degree of ‘social distancing’ simply by spacing out our various build activities a bit more than usual.  We will also keep residents, other than family, away from our builds. Finally, we have directed our local builders to stay home at the slightest indication of illness.  

Recommendations for scheduled builds

We hope that those who have been planning builds with us are able to remain flexible, stay informed, and not cancel plans until the situation can be reassessed nearer to your build date in Mexico. The current crisis is very dynamic and can change day-to-day. 

If you do decide to cancel or postpone your trip, please consider funding the construction of a house. The current pandemic and fear adds additional stress to the families we serve, and the need remains great.  We plan to continue to build houses using our local group of talented builders and can handle any additional capacity.

We will continue to monitor the situation with guidance from the World Health Organization to ensure we are giving you the most up-to-date information possible.  We encourage you to stay informed and follow the recommendations of your local health authorities.

We recognize that these are uncertain times. At Project Mercy Baja, one thing we know is that service for those in need is a force for good. Whatever your decision and whenever you are ready to serve again, please know that we are ready to support you.

Paula Claussen
President of Project Mercy Baja