Coronavirus in Puerto Vallarta: 60 hotels in Puerto Vallarta now open

According to the latest Jalisco health report, compared to yesterday, the novel coronavirus in Puerto Vallarta increased its numbers, with infections reaching 773 positive cases and a total of 87 deaths. The face mask should be worn at all times in public space and should perfectly cover the tip of the nose and chin.

Puerto Vallarta coronavirus update: Puerto Vallarta residents and tourists are finally going to the beach! Photo: CPS Media
Puerto Vallarta coronavirus update: Puerto Vallarta residents and tourists are finally going to the beach! Photo: CPS Media

The director of Beach Tourism, Susana Rodriguez Mejia, reported that so far 60 hotels are open of the 199 in the city and which continue to operate at 25%, according to the Puerto Vallarta coronavirus protocol of the State Government. 

In June, the average occupancy rate was just over 12%. In the first week of June, the occupation was 3.5%; in week two, it was 4.85%, while in the third week it was 12.85% and the last week it was 24.5%.

They are still waiting to be able to increase the percentage of occupation which is now at 25% and is expected to be at 50% in the next few weeks. Although Jalisco is at the orange light, Puerto Vallarta is in red, so the only thing left to do is to wait for the decision of the State Government.

The tourism that is coming to the city is national, mostly from the state itself and a smaller percentage from the Bajio. Next week they will be announcing the awareness and national campaigns that will be implemented for the reactivation of the destination.

Vallarta beaches converted into bars

According to Tribuna, despite the order of the Government of Jalisco not to open bars even in this contingency of coronavirus, as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus in Puerto Vallarta, with the reopening of beaches and restaurants, tourists abound under umbrellas and palapas cones, drinking only alcoholic beverages.

On a tour of Los Muertos beach, one can see how beers, cocktails, and all kinds of alcoholic drinks are being served without the control of the corresponding authoritiesInterviewed on the subject, the director of Inspection and Regulations of the City Council, José Juan Velázquez Hernández, reiterated that the reopening of bars has not yet been contemplated in the phases of economic recovery.

Puerto Vallarta coronavirus update
Puerto Vallarta coronavirus update

He said that it is up to his management to verify this, clarifying that since they are restaurants, they were considered essential to operate from the beginning, and when they open the beaches and exploitation of the concessions in the federal zone they can already install furniture on these previously restricted ones. They must maintain the same protocols and measures of the other restaurants, highlighting the 50% reduction in their capacity.

It is important that all restaurants comply with the protocols; for example, if there are physical menus, they should be disinfected between clients. However, it is more feasible to use digital menus (through QR codes) that the diner consults from his or her mobile phone.

Cutlery must be delivered wrapped in napkins. Restaurants and cafeterias will work with a maximum of 50 employees per establishment. Maintain a distance (1.5 to 2.25 meters) between tables and not have an occupation of more than 4 people per table.

Puerto Vallarta coronavirus cases trend line. Data: Ministry of Health
Puerto Vallarta coronavirus cases trend line. Data: Ministry of Health

By official order, alcoholic beverages cannot be sold alone, as they must be accompanied by food. He recalled that in Jalisco there was never a dry law in the development of this contingency of coronavirus.

"But it always has to be in the company of food, not the issue of isolated alcoholic beverages, because it would become a bar and these are not allowed to operate," he said.

As for those who get drunk in the public area of the beaches, outside of these businesses, it is up to Public Safety to apply the Police and Good Government Regulations.

Seaside restaurants to extend service hours

This, complying with the corresponding health protocols to prevent cases of coronavirus in Puerto Vallarta. The boardwalk is not yet fully open to the public, only access points to restaurants and shops. Service will be allowed until midnight, but if they have customers, they can stay until two in the morning, since they must also take a cash out and the process of sanitization of the areas.

These agreements apply to the area of the boardwalk and its section two, so tourists and locals can already go to these establishments, many of which began opening about a month ago.

Puerto Vallarta authorities have started with the revision of protocols for complementary spaces to hotels and beaches such as bars, jetties, sports units and centers (such as golf courses), tourist routes, shopping malls, and gyms. Secondary facilities may be re-operated as long as sanitary conditions allow, since if there is a resurgence of infection, they may be closed indefinitely.

The beaches of both states will remain under surveillance. In the case of the private hotels, their security employees will be in charge of ensuring that sanitary measures are followed, while on the public beaches, government employees will be in charge. The hotels will be able to operate at 25 or 30% of their capacity during the reopening process.

Regarding the reopening despite the high records of infections in Mexico, the governor of Jalisco said they reached this agreement with employers after talking about the economic difficulties they have had, and in response to those who have been unemployed due to the health contingency.

Regarding the issue of public transportation

All businesses that will be gradually returning to normal will first have to comply with their protocols, otherwise, they will not be able to operate, and worse yet, they could be shut down permanently.

As for the services that will be able to return to normal gradually are handicraft workshops, sewing, carpentry, blacksmith, aluminum, glass, and computers. Beauty and aesthetic salons only by appointment. Barbershops and manicure and pedicure places are included here. Reopening of public and private daycare centers under special surveillance and following the protocols of the Ministry of Health.

Businesses that handle products allowed in essential establishments (supermarkets, hardware stores, or convenience stores), such as paints, electrical material, electronic components, bookstores, household goods, sporting goods, fabrics, and haberdashery, among others, as well as businesses that do not generate a crowd of people, such as a car, motorcycle, and bicycle dealers; furniture stores, home appliances, and electronic or home-sales businesses, may begin implementing the protocols for their opening.

Puerto Vallarta Airport Certified Coronavirus Free

Having taken extraordinary measures to provide passengers with safety and confidence in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Puerto Vallarta International Airport was awarded the #SafeTravel seal by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Puerto Vallarta coronavirus news updates. Photo: Salud Jalisco
Puerto Vallarta coronavirus news updates. Photo: Salud Jalisco

This seal is a quality distinction in the application of processes against the spread of Covid 19, and is being adopted by various industry players worldwide, from airlines or hotels, to destinations, cities, and states.

Even the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which depends on the United Nations, has participated in the process and adopted the aforementioned seal.

Through an informative ballot, the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which belongs to the Pacific Airport Group (GAP), made known the way in which they obtained this seal.

To do so, they must comply with international protocols to operate in new normal, which are divided into four areas: operational and staff preparation, ensuring a safe experience, regaining confidence and credibility, and implement policies of qualification.

The implementation of these protocols is in addition to the extraordinary measures implemented at the airport, consisting of the installation of sanitary filters in coordination with the competent authorities, the measurement of temperature with remote thermometers, the installation of thermographic cameras and the implementation of flyers and videos to inform or promote hygiene and Coronavirus prevention recommendations.

Likewise, social distancing measures have been applied, consisting of limiting the access of companions to the terminal building, maintaining a healthy distance in rows, with the installation of vinyl on the floor, benches, and utensils, separating benches and limiting the capacity of airplane buses and commercial premises.

Acrylic was installed at passenger service counters; access to commonly used facilities is restricted; identified containers are used for the disposal of protective material; disinfectant is applied to terminal entrance mats; antibacterial gel dispensers are installed at different points, and the use of gloves and mouthguards in processes involving contact with passengers is coordinated with authorities, airlines, and commercial operators.

Cleaning and sanitization measures have also been taken, which consist of implementing a specialized disinfection service for the terminal building, areas, and equipment; periodic cleaning with disinfectant; and implementation of state-of-the-art steam machines for deep cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in direct contact with passengers.

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