Beach Ban Lifted?
According to an article in La Cronica this afternoon, the Mexicali office of the Department of Tourism has declared that the red tide that exists around San Felipe should not effect tourism in the area. The beaches have been reopened and the San Felipe restaurants are serving items that do not contain clams, mussels, oysters, or certain fish that tend to be affected by the toxins that come with a red tide.
Disclaimer: Having said the above, if one reads La Voz one will find an article from today which continues to warn that State and Federal Health authorities have placed a moritorium on all clams, oysters, mussels and some coastal fish caught in the upper Sea of Cortez, particularly around San Felipe. The paper goes on to say that health officials are continuing to avoid an outbreak of illness due to the red tide,and, gives a list of symptoms to watch out for: gastrointestinal issues, headache, etc.
Readers should also note that although the Department of Tourism in Mexicali says the beaches are safe for swimming, it should be noted that people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems would be well advised not to go near the beaches.