Havana, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Cubans celebrated on Sunday Mother’s Day setting hugs and meetings aside to comply with social distancing, crucial for containing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, contrary to the usual celebration for the date.
Warm family festivities, gatherings and tributes in cemeteries usually mark the 2nd Sunday of May in Cuba, this time people respect social distancing measure in the face of the worldwide health emergency caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Cuban authorities called past week for redoubling isolation measures even though the figures of new cases are decreasing, somewhat ahead of initial forecasts.
In this regard, President Miguel Diaz-Canel called for the population and the authorities not to drop their guard to preserve progress in the fight against the pandemic.
‘From our homes, from social confinement, we will express affection, respect and admiration for all Cuban mothers,’ he noted at a recent meeting to analyze the plan of action in the fight against the pandemic in the country.
In this scenario, the commitment of responsibility overcomes the warmth of one of the most important family celebrations in Cuba and in the region: the tribute to mothers.
The paradox of celebrating and avoiding proximity at the same time carries a protective message this time: in times of coronavirus, those keeping their distance also show affection.
Perhaps for the first time, Cuban mothers will remember those avoiding a hug as their true protectors.