Baja California Sur bids farewell to daylight saving time forever

The whole state of Baja California Sur, as well as some communities along the border with the United States of America, will enter wintertime at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.

Baja California Sur bids farewell to daylight saving time forever
The state of Baja California Sur has permanently ended DST. Photo by Katie Harp / Unsplash

On Sunday, October 30, at 2:00 a.m., wintertime starts for the whole state of Baja California Sur, as well as for practically the whole country, except for Quintana Roo and some municipalities, and only for the border strip with the United States of America.

It was ratified that the state of Baja California Sur is established within the meridian 105 degrees west of Greenwich, a law that recognizes the time zones according to the Greenwich meridian agreed upon internationally since 1884.

The dawn of the 30th will be the time when the clock should be set back one hour, or as suggested for more than 20 years, set it back before going to sleep that day, or do it after waking up the next day to adjust to winter time.

Although the ruling has been passed to the Senate, it will not be approved. Therefore, the decree will become effective as of November 1, 2022. The voting occurred as follows in the Congress of the Union: Morena, 197 votes in favor with 5 absences; PAN, 110 in favor with 4 absences; PRI, 50 in favor, 7 against, 9 abstentions and 2 absences; Verde Ecologista, 40 in favor with one absence; PT, 33 in favor; Movimiento Ciudadano, one against, 24 abstentions; and, PRD, 15 in favor.

The state of the Mexican Republic that will not apply the time change is Quintana Roo. This decision was made to take advantage of natural light for the benefit of tourism, a situation that was not similarly contemplated in states such as Baja California Sur, which also have a tourist vocation.

The plan that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on July 5 says that the seasonal schedule will be kept in the municipalities along the northern border, but only in rare cases.

The municipalities of the border strip by states adjacent to the United States of America that do not eliminate Daylight Saving Time, but change to the so-called Seasonal Schedule, are Ensenada, Playas de Rosarito, Mexicali, Tecate, and Tijuana (Baja California). Juarez, Ojinaga, Ascension, Coyame del Sotol, Guadalupe, Janos, Manuel Benavides and Praxedis G. Guerrero (Chihuahua). Guerrero (Chihuahua) San Luis Río Colorado, Puerto Peñasco, General Plutarco Elías Calles, Caborca, Altar, Sáric, Nogales, Santa Cruz, Cananea, Naco and Agua Prieta (Sonora) Acuña, Piedras Negras, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jiménez, Zaragoza, Nava and Ocampo (Coahuila) Anáhuac (Nuevo León) Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros, Camargo, Guerrero, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Mier, Miguel Alemán, Río Bravo and Valle Hermoso (Tamaulipas).

For the aforementioned municipalities, it is proposed to maintain a seasonal schedule given the deep labor, social, cultural, and economic integration with the border area adjacent to the neighboring country to the north.

According to the official document, the federal government argued that this initiative is for the welfare of the 13.6 million inhabitants living in the U.S.-Mexico border region and the jobs that exist on both sides of the border.