Coronavirus in Puerto Vallarta: current status report, cases and deaths

22/03/2021

On Thursday morning, the application of 20,450 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer against Covid-19 began in Puerto Vallarta, for which 15 modules located near a hospital were opened, informed state government officials. The biological vaccine arrived in the state on Wednesday afternoon and is part of a batch of 40,950 doses.

Puerto Vallarta coronavirus cases on 22-Mar-2021
Puerto Vallarta coronavirus cases on 22-Mar-2021

The International Airport of Puerto Vallarta registered a 19 percent increase in its operations, according to data from Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP). The confidence generated by this beach destination towards airlines is causing them to schedule more frequencies, which is why Puerto Vallarta's tourist recovery "is advancing in a responsible manner in this destination, which continues to enjoy the preferences of national and international tourists, as indicated by the trends in booking engines, as well as in the data of the airlines that bring travelers".

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico's data reveals the increase compared to the previous month since during this month 1,661 domestic and international flights will arrive, compared to 1,390 that arrived in February. There is also an increase of 15.9% of domestic frequencies, with 641, and an increase of 21.8% of international frequencies, with 1021, comparing March with the previous month.

All of Puerto Vallarta's attractions are in optimal conditions to receive Easter and Holy Week visitors, while authorities are preparing the traditional operation to guarantee the safety of tourists, which on this occasion will be reinforced by reminding travelers of the biosecurity measures that are being applied here, as indicated by the authorities of the Health Bureau of the government of Jalisco.

Filters with information will be set up at the three entrances to the port, as well as operation posts at the entrances to the main beaches during the day (which will be open from 5:00 to 17:00 hours), and at the boardwalk during the night, in order to reiterate the importance of following preventive measures and avoiding crowds.

Free coronavirus tests

Hotels in Puerto Vallarta offer free coronavirus tests to their Canadian and American guests so that they can comply with the requirement imposed by their governments to show upon their return that they have not been infected. With the joint effort of the entire private and official tourism sector, information and covid-19 tests will be provided to Canadian and American travelers who require it.

The tourism industry, particularly the hotel industry, established an alliance with the health sector of Puerto Vallarta to offer a quality, bilingual, and competitively priced service for the completion of the covid test, a requirement for travelers from Canada and the United States before boarding a plane and returning to their countries of origin.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Promotion and Publicity Trust generated a guide and list of price ranges in the network of hospitals, clinics and laboratories in the port, among them Hospitales Joya, Hospitales CMQ, Hospiten, Centro Médico Anamaya, Biomedical Vallarta, Diagnostika, Laboratorio Santo Domingo, Bioslab, Salud Digna, Omega Vallarta, Laboratorio San Pablo and Sanlor.

In addition to facilitating the tests, Puerto Vallarta hotels have designed plans to support guests who test positive while they are here. If they do not have serious symptoms, some are prepared to allocate an area to receive them for 14 days, providing them with three meals a day, room cleaning service, Wi-Fi, and medical services if required, all at special reduced rates.

Beach protocols

The beaches of Puerto Vallarta have returned to their usual schedule as well as their nightly activity. Sanitary protocols must be strictly applied, such as the obligatory use of mouth guards, hygiene and sanitation, and the isolation of suspicious and active cases.

Regarding the particular criteria, agglomerations and long exposure times must be avoided; all actions that privilege outdoor activities, such as recreational routes, must be favored. Urban parks and forests, pedestrianized commercial and gastronomic corridors. We will seek to avoid the concentration of elderly people and people at risk.

High concentration activities such as concerts, local festivities, and meetings that bring people together will be canceled. There must be strict rules of access to the markets and stores, such as mandatory use of mouthguards, sanitary management, corridors, and wide spaces. Companies must continue with filters and mitigation actions to break the chain of contagion. 

The beaches of the city operate normally. It is important to remember that if you go to the beach, when entering and leaving it you will have to use mouth covers and you will be able to remove them since you are in the beach space you are going to use. Also, groups should be a maximum of 8 people, preferably per family and if you rent chairs, lounge chairs, or umbrellas, require that these are sanitized in their presence before using them.

Before and after going to the beach, you must take a shower and it is recommended not to lend toys or other utensils, among other recommendations that you can already consult at the beach.