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While others ‘fall back,’ Mexico stays on ‘God’s clock’

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Daylight Saving Time ended this morning, but if you’re in Mexico, don’t touch that clock. 

Mexico stopped going by DST in 2022, abiding instead with what the president called “God’s clock.” That is, Standard Time all year long.

Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer argued, not without reason, that setting clocks back or forward damages people’s health.

But the United States and Canada, despite long-standing debate on the topic, still “spring ahead” and “fall back” every year. So if you’re calling friends or family anywhere from Chilliwack to Key West, your time-difference calculations will differ. 

When it’s 5 a.m. in Mexico, it’s 6 a.m. on the East Coast and 3 a.m. on the West Coast. Mexico is mainly on Central Time. The only exceptions are Baja California, some border municipalities and Quintana Roo, which stick to Eastern Standard Time to coordinate with transportation timetables. 

The state of Sonora has important economic ties with Arizona, and neither observes Daylight Saving Time, staying instead on Mountain Standard Time.

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