Hola Villas Loma Linda Board and Administrator! It is with a huge sigh of relief and the deepest appreciation that I write this note to all of you. On behalf of the Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA) Board, I wish to express our gratitude and appreciation for your work with us during this pandemic. Who would have known that the world would turn upside down and life as we knew it would be so disrupted? Life continues, but it is so very different. All of us are adjusting and trying to figure out what our next steps are.

ANA has adopted an austerity budget that will get us through February, which will be our next annual general meeting. As a non-profit organization we have been dependent upon the various fundraisers we hold throughout the year to supplement the funds we bring in through membership. Recognizing that our ability to hold fundraisers will be significantly impaired as a result of the pandemic and the decreased number of returning visitors, we have had to think outside the box. We greatly appreciate that the VLL Board has worked with us and only charged us for the electricity we use and not expected rent from us, as well. That was a huge relief and we appreciate it.

We look forward to the time when we can meet, gather, and enjoy each other’s company. We look forward to the time when we can see each other as friends and colleagues as opposed to a possible infection. We look forward to having the ANA office be a place where members of the community gather and discuss issues. We will all get through this pandemic as long as we work together and trust each other to keep each other safe.

Thanks for trusting us.

Sylvia Toy, President
Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA) and Amapas Junta Vecinal

Protocol of care for people of Mexican nationality and foreigner

Protocol of care for people of Mexican nationality and foreigner who are in Mexican national territory in centers of accommodation during the mandatory quarantine by COVID-19

  1. The hosting industry, including hosting platforms and OTAs will stop receive reservations and will reschedule all reservations during the validity of the “Healthy distance” policy.
  2. In the case of guests for essential economic activities such as travel business, can have a maximum occupancy of 15% and will require a proof of the company you work for, specifying the branch you are dealing with, so that the lodging center can verify that it is one of the branches exactly as essential activities described in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
  3. The State Tourism Secretariats in coordination with the National Associations of the hotel industry will define a list of lodging centers destined to focus on all domestic and foreign guests with respiratory symptoms (Hotel COVID) and foreign guests without respiratory symptoms (Hotel NO COVID) in so much recommended hopes the support of your government governments for your process repatriation
  4. The lodging centers authorized to attend the contingency will be specifically those who have medical service and will maintain communication close with specific health services.
  5. Members of national associations of the hotel industry are hereby authorized to: for humanitarian reasons, specifically restricted to foreign citizens staying in the facilities of the specific lodging centers.
  6. The mobilization of people in said accommodation centers during the contingency It will be strictly limited to the rooms in which they are located.
  7. The lodging centers close their sports and social facilities such as: swimming pools, gyms, spas, restaurants, entertainment centers, business rooms, etc.
  8. Foreign citizens who are in Mexican national territory in centers of accommodation, obliged to communicate with their diplomatic representations to start your paperwork back home.
  9. Diplomatic representations and foreign citizens in hosting centers, they will arrange the coverage of the payment of the lodging and food.
  10. The lodging centers must apply preferential rates to accommodate visitors foreigners in need of isolation for a minimum of 14 days, or until further notice from the health authorities.
  11. In the case of the personnel who work in the lodging centers, they will be subject to the following provisions:
  12. People who belong to groups considered to be at higher risk for complications due to COVID-19, they will not be able to work.
  13. They will be subject to the sanitary labor filter described in the “General Guideline for mitigation and prevention of COVID-19 in closed public spaces”, published in
  14. The personnel designated to care for the rooms with people Protocol subject to modifications according to health needs suspected of transmission or confirmed of COVID-19 should take the following personal precautionary measures: frequent hand washing, respiratory label, Sanitary labor filter and strict use of personal protective equipment.
  15. The lodging center must provide its personnel with the protective equipment necessary to provide the service safely: Disposable surgical mask or cloth, disposable latex gloves, disposable or cloth cap, uniform and service Laundry for the uniforms, masks and cloth caps used during their day labor.
  16. Food for people will be previously defined by the lodging center according to their capacities and supply, and will be supplied in their rooms.
  17. The lodging center will be in charge of providing basic supplies for the hygiene of people staying: Drinking water, soap, shampoo, disposable tissues, paper Hygienic, towels and linens, at least once a week.
  18. People who have respiratory symptoms will be isolated preventively in a separate room (except for those who require accompaniment).
  19. In case any of the people in the lodging centers start with respiratory symptoms, personnel should immediately notify the medical service and state health authorities, according to the “Standardized Guideline for epidemiological and laboratory surveillance of COVID-19 ”.
  20. When releasing a room that has housed people with suspicion or confirmation of COVID-19, a thorough cleaning and disinfection must be carried out before returning to occupy it with another person.
  21. The hotels of the Mexican Republic, in compliance with the sanitary measure of “Stay at home”, they will only authorize the accommodation of the aircraft and ship crew that they arrive in Mexico, that they require it.

Disinfection of suspected or confirmed case room.

– The highest surfaces should be cleaned with a cloth / cloth / flannel / towel / slang impregnated with detergent water, avoiding dispersing the powder.

– The walls, windows and doors that include the handles must be cleaned thoroughly regular, as well as when they are visibly dirty.

– Horizontal surfaces that include tables, chairs, beds, shelves or other Installations attached to the wall should be cleaned with a cloth with water with detergent, rinse with clean water and disinfect with chlorinated solution (see more forward technique of the three buckets).

– In the rooms of patients in isolation the same methodology of cleaning, with the personnel having to follow the required precautions (insulation of contact and drops).

– In the event of spills of body fluids on the surfaces, the procedure must be following way: o Put on gloves and cover the surface with paper / absorbent material.

Protocol subject to modifications according to health needs –

o Remove as much dirt.

o Throw away the paper / wash other material.

o Finally, continue cleaning on a regular basis.


  1. b) Disinfection with chlorinated solution

– A bucket will be filled with warm water and detergent in sufficient quantity to make foam, another with clean water and a third with chlorinated solution.

– In principle, the equipment, walls, will be cleaned with the detergent solution openings and all those elements that need to be cleaned.

– It will then be rinsed with clean water and dried.

– Finally, disinfection will be carried out by direct contact applying on the surfaces, chlorinated solution and will allow to dry.

– The floors will be cleaned applying the same technique previously described.


  1. c) Routine disinfection

– In each patient room, frequent contact surfaces must be identified (knobs, bed rails, keyboards, telephones, table tops, lamps table)

– These surfaces should be disinfected daily at least once a day, ideally once per turn.

– A cloth impregnated with disinfecting solution or with 70% alcohol.


  1. d) For a liter of disinfecting solution it is necessary:

– Fill a bottle with a liter of clean water

– Add a coffee tablespoon of commercial bleach

– Cap the bottle and shake

– Label the bottle indicating that it contains chlorinated water

– Let stand 30 minutes before using it

– Store the container in a dark place and out of the reach of children

– This solution can be used for a month to clean surfaces

7 Health Safety Measures provided by the goverment

April 1st, 2020
7 Health Safety Measures
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Hi {FIRST_NAME|Valued Customer},
As a result of the conference call we held on March 31st  with 12 members of the Amapas Neighborhood Association and condo administrators, we agree to help distribute the official information to all our members coming from Mexico, Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta. 
One question brought by the condo administrators was:
The following information provided by the Federal Health Department of Mexico through his sub-director Hugo Lopez Gatell, has been translated hoping to be a tool to condo administrators and residents at this time of contingency.
Amapas Neighborhood Association is committed to sharing only official and confirmed information from official sources such as:,,,


#STAYHOME                 #QuédateEnCasa
As of March 30, the following measures apply:
1. The suspension until April 30 of non-essential activities in the public, private and social sectors is ordered.

2. In the sectors determined as essential, meetings of more than 50 people should not be held and basic hygiene, prevention and healthy distance measures should always be applied.

3. The entire population residing in Mexican territory is encouraged to comply with the co-responsible domiciliary receipt (voluntary limitation of mobility).
4. Home protection is strictly applied to anyone over 60 years of age, pregnant women, or people with chronic or autoimmune diseases.
5. After April 30, the Health Secretariats, in coordination with the Labor and Economy Secretariats, will issue guidelines for the gradual resumption of activities.
6. All censuses and surveys are postponed until further notice.
7. All measures must be applied with strict adherence and respect for human rights.
To face the coronavirus we need your cooperation.



a) Those that are directly necessary to attend the health emergency, such as:
the labor activities of the medical, paramedical, administrative and support branches throughout the health sector, public and private.
those who participate in its supply, services and supply, among which stand out:
the pharmaceutical sector both in its production and its distribution (pharmacies);
b) Those involved in:
public safety and citizen protection; in the defense of integrity and national sovereignty;
the procurement and impartation of  justice, legislative activity at the federal and state levels.
c) The sectors considered essential for the fundamental functioning of the economy:
financial, that of tax collection, distribution and sale of energy, gas and gas stations, generation and distribution of drinking water, food and non-alcoholic beverages industry, food markets, supermarkets, self-service stores, grocery and prepared food sales; passenger and cargo transportation services; … telecommunications and the media, private emergency services,
funeral and burial services,…logistics (airports, ports and railways), as well as activities whose suspension may have irreversible effects for its continuation.
d) The operation of government social programs.
e) The conservation and maintenance of critical infrastructure that ensures the production and distribution of essential services:
drinking water, electric power, gas, petroleum,
gasoline, jet fuel, basic sanitation, public transport, first level hospital and medical infrastructure; among others that could be defined under this category.
Office line: (322) 223-8312
whattsapp: (322) 244-0185

Mariachis, Margaritas, and More

Puerto Vallarta’s historic City Hall (aka La Presidencia) came alive on Saturday, November 30th with the fourth Mariachis, Margaritas, and More event.  This is a fundraising event where ANA works collaboratively with another neighborhood association – Viejo Vallarta.  It’s one of ANA’s annual fundraiser events where we highlight the best and diverse food offerings in Puerto Vallarta.

This year’s event highlighted the sounds and entertainment of Vallarta’s children.  We were amazed by the depth and quality of the singing voices and style of the Raices Jalicienses Mariachi group.  Their renditions of traditional Mexican songs was heart-felt and absolutely amazing.  How lucky we were to have these young musicians entertain us!

Delicious food was provided by the following restaurants.

Following dinner we were then entertained by the ballet folklorico group Tradiciones.   The tiny little three-year-old girl stole everyone’s hearts as she danced and pranced with her colorful skirt about the stage.

The night ended with the dancers coming off into the audience and grabbing willing and unwilling participants to dance with them.  What a night and celebration!

The Amapas Junta Vecinal is official!

Voted in by nearly 30 people in attendance the Amapas Junta Vecinal is now official.  This was the first time all of us had experienced this very formal process and we had no idea what to expect.  The City provided chairs so we could sit in the parking lot in front of the ANA office on Thursday, November 21st.  We are glad to report that no one was injured by oncoming traffic or being hit on the head by falling fruit.

The officers of the Amapas Junta Vecinal are as follows:

President Sylvia Toy Vocal Grant Gillham
Secretary Don Pickens Vocal Alonso Castaňeda Perez
Treasurer Robert Howell Vocal Pilar Perez
    Vocal Gardner Tonigan

What does the Junta do versus the Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA)?

Amapas Junta Vecinal Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA)
  •  Has the right and obligation to review new business licenses
  • Approve activities that require a City permit
  • Helps to ensure local control over local happenings
  • Open to all residents – no cost
Requires membership – dues
  • Meetings will be scheduled in order to ensure attendance by Citizen Participation Representative, Felipa Aguilar
Annual General Meeting held in February open to all members in good standing.
  • The Junta has the official ‘juice’ to arrange City meetings and get things done, but no money.
ANA has the organization, communications, dedicated members, and your annual membership dues and contributions.

Each organization, by itself, is pretty powerless.

However, together, ANA and the Junta are a powerhouse working to get things done for Amapas.

As we took our oath to ensure that we would honor the will of the people of Amapas, we used the Bellamy salute, which is the salute used in Mexico.

Here’s a little history lesson from Wikipedia.  The Bellamy salute is a palm-out salute described by Francis Bellamy, the author of the American Pledge of Allegiance, as the gesture which was to accompany the pledge. During the period when it was used with the Pledge of Allegiance, it was sometimes known as the “flag salute”. Both the Pledge and its salute originated in 1892.  Later, during the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazi Germans adopted a salute which was very similar.

On June 22, 1942, at the urging of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed Public Law 77-623, which codified the etiquette used to display and pledge allegiance to the flag. This included use of a palm-out salute, specifically that the pledge “be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart; extending the right hand, palm upward, toward the flag at the words ‘‘to the flag’’ and holding this position until the end, when the hand drops to the side.”  Congress did not discuss or take into account the controversy over use of the salute.  Congress later amended the code on December 22, 1942 when it passed Public Law 77-829, stating among other changes, that the pledge “be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart.”