Los Cabos coronavirus latest: hospitalizations on the rise
In order to prevent the number of Covid-19 infections from increasing in the tourist resort, Los Cabos is reinforcing sanitary measures in shopping malls and public spaces.
Due to the fact that the municipality of Los Cabos will go to level 4 of the Health Alert System of Baja California Sur, some preventive measures had to be taken that will serve to reduce the number of contagions, since there are currently 472 active cases.
Some of the measures that are being taken are the suspension of all mass events in public squares, the access of only one person per family when entering supermarkets, convenience stores, and similar; likewise, personnel from the agency are providing masks to citizens, and finally, operations are being carried out with agencies.
Due to the provisions that the U.S. Government is requesting for any passenger entering its territory with a negative COVID test, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) will install laboratories in its facilities; this measure includes the airports of La Paz and Los Cabos.
Temporary COVID testing modules are be installed at the airports of Guadalajara, Tijuana, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Guanajuato, Hermosillo, Mexicali, Morelia, La Paz, Aguascalientes, Los Mochis and Manzanillo.
Antigen tests will be priced at 450 pesos and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) will cost 1,450 pesos, both prices will be applicable to passengers on international flights.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order went into effect on Tuesday, January 26, which states that all passengers must take a COVID test within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to the United States and carry the results to present to the airline prior to travel.
Individuals who have tested positive in the previous 90 days - meeting the isolation criteria - may travel with proof of a positive test and an official letter from a public health official authorizing them to travel.
It recommended arriving with enough time to catch their flight and, if possible, completing the documentation and requirements to fly beforehand, as well as taking the test in the city's laboratories.
If passengers wish to take the test at the airport, they should add at least one additional hour to the time recommended by the airline to their travel itinerary. Passengers are advised to consult the requirements requested by the U.S. government.
Tourist recovery in Los Cabos
The Covid-19 pandemic represents a challenge in the protocols and processes of attention to tourists for the municipality of Los Cabos. With a little more than six months of learning on the subject, the tourist destination has been able to maintain the measures and restrictions, as established by the State Committee for Health Security in Baja California Sur.
This is reflected in the perception of the national and international traveler, who in more than 90 percent of the cases feels safe and confident to visit Los Cabos during the health contingency. In addition, unlike other destinations in Mexico, the numbers of infections and deaths in Baja California Sur (BCS) are below the national average.
According to the Hotel Association of Los Cabos (AHLC), it starts 2021 with an average occupancy of 45 percent for the month of January, with a normal downward trend after the Christmas and New Year's holidays, however, it is part of what is expected according to statistics and projections of hotel occupancy. In addition, the average rate per night is around 300 US dollars; a price even higher than that reported in 2019 and the last quarter of 2020.
In the case of the flow of tourists by air, the Los Cabos International Airport reported an average occupation in national and international flights of 60 percent, with operations between 60 and 70 per day. Also, the best figures in air operations in tourist destinations nationwide.
Los Cabos beach protocol
Thousands of visitors have been registered in the 11 beaches that the Los Cabos keeps open derived from the coronavirus tier light. When the maximum number of people allowed per beach is exceeded, the figure varies from one beach to another but is around a thousand people, the beach is closed and no more people are allowed to enter.
The schedule of the beaches is from 10 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon, but according to the elements of Public Security and ZOFEMAT posted on the beaches reported that, although the schedule established to stay on them is until 6 in the afternoon, they begin to remove them from 5 so that the departure is in order.
In response to the alert issued by the U.S. government about traveling to Mexico due to the high numbers of coronavirus infections. The Secretary of Tourism mentioned that it is working with business partners to continue promoting Los Cabos as a safe place. The different security processes and protocols have helped tourists feel safe and continue to arrive in Los Cabos.
The opening of the beaches of Los Cabos has a schedule of stay from 10:00 in the morning to 18:00 in the afternoon, every day. The same applies to maritime service providers, as there are tourists who like to embark on a great nautical adventure in recreational boats that usually take groups of visitors to beaches like El Chileno and Santa María, mainly to have a wide variety of attractions.