Mazatlan coronavirus update: increasingly attractive, more tourists arrive

29/11/2020

According to the Sinaloa Health Secretariat, Mazatlan coronavirus cases had a rise in new patients with a cumulative of 4,231 confirmed cases and 630 deaths in the port, which has reactivated its tourism.

Hotels, restaurants, stores are already open, Mazatlan has been one of the few to take that big step nationally to revive the economy and we hope they can soon reopen 100% of the businesses.

Although they comply with all health protocols, Mazatlan's restaurants have not yet fully recovered the confidence of their guests. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the establishments remain open, however, there is still fear from some people to attend for fear of contagion.

The port of Mazatlán, in the state of Sinaloa, registered a hotel occupancy rate of 58%, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism, and was positioned as the tourist destination with the best rate in the area. It was followed by Tecate, Baja California (with 36.8%), Piedras Negras, Coahuila (34.9%), and Mexicali, Baja California (33.7%).

Mazatlan's hotel industry is preparing an intense promotional campaign for the United States and Canadian markets in October. They will focus on recovering the number of international flights and the visit of foreigners to the destination. They are already in negotiations with some airlines, but it is expected that their return will be a little slow, since they have reduced the number of planes in circulation by 50%.

Mazatlan coronavirus cases
Mazatlan coronavirus cases

In a little less than two months, Mazatlan could have a return to cruise ship tourism, according to the projection maintained by the Sinaloa Ministry of Tourism. There are reasons for Mazatlan to feel proud in the cruise ship industry, since it was considered along with Cozumel as the only destinations that participate in the design of the health protocols of coronavirus worldwide.

For this year it is unknown how many ships could arrive in December, however, the outlook for 2021 is positive, expecting 250 arrivals due to the interest of European vacationers to tour the Mexican Pacific. A figure that would be surpassing even the best one of the last years which was 2019 with 140 cruise ship arrivals. This, added to the hotel occupancy records of the port on weekends, could support the economic recovery of Mazatlan in 2021.

The Mazatlan coronavirus pandemic security light has four colors, with green being the lowest and free access for bathers to the beaches, followed by yellow as a precaution, then orange indicating a risk of restriction or closure, and finally, the red indicating restriction or closure because the beach has reached its maximum capacity of people allowed.

If people are not in the water, they should put on their masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and to keep a healthy distance there should be a 6-meter separation between the umbrella and the palapa where people can protect themselves from the sun's rays. Elements of the Aquatic Rescue Squad distribute wire mesh on the boardwalk to delimit areas and regulate the entrance of people in certain spaces to prevent crowding.

Hoteliers in Mazatlan acknowledged that health safety within the hotels is guaranteed, all health protocols against coronavirus are followed, although it is not ruled out that there are people who refuse to comply with the coronavirus measures that will be required.

Mazatlan coronavirus update
Mazatlan coronavirus update

Those who come to the beaches, before going into the water, should find a lifeguard to ask about the sea conditions, not to go in if they are drunk, and to use light clothing such as shorts and T-shirts. They should not go into the sea at night because after 8:00 p.m. the lifeguard surveillance is removed and if a person requires support they will get there but it will take longer, in addition to the fact that visibility decreases and this makes rescue more complicated.

Recommendation to swimmers not to go further than where the water reaches their waist or where the waves come to prevent them from being swept away by the waves or a sea current. Visitors also enjoy the other attractions of the city such as El Faro, the Cathedral, do some shopping at the Mercado Municipal "José María Pino Suárez" and go to the Glorieta Sánchez Taboada to see the spectacle of the divers.

To enter the hotels it is mandatory to use the mask, if a guest, in some areas of the hotel does not carry the mask, it is suggested to use it. Although it has not been ruled out that there may be clients who refuse to use the face mask or to respect sanitary measures, there are staff trained to attend to this type of guest.

In the event that a guest is found to be positive for coronavirus in the hotel, he/she is immediately placed in isolation while the health authorities carry out the necessary protocol.

Covid-19 in Mazatlan. Source: Ministry of Health
Covid-19 in Mazatlan. Source: Ministry of Health

Mazatlan coronavirus preventive measures

Tourists are going to find some adjustments in the tourist operation of the destination, however, the beaches, attractions, gastronomy, and beauty of Mazatlan remain the same. Mazatlán has made a strategic alliance with an international certification company that has audited the protocols that have been determined for the "new normal" for tourism service providers.

Mazatlan's highest priority will continue to be to offer unique vacation experiences and safety to citizens, employees, and visitors. Among the measures that will be taken this holiday season are the mandatory use of the mask, even on the beach, which can only be removed when food is consumed or in the room.

The swimming pools will only be able to have 40 percent of capacity and with a healthy distance of the furniture. On the beach, there must be a healthy distance of at least 1.80 meters (6 feet). In the elevators, only four people may use and the places will be marked.

Mazatlan's highest priority will continue to be to offer unique vacation experiences and safety to citizens, employees, and visitors. Among the measures that will be taken this holiday season are the mandatory use of the mask, even on the beach, which can only be removed when food is consumed or in the room.

Luggage will have to be disinfected before entering the lobby and there will be no business center or meeting room service. Restaurants will only accept 40 percent of their capacity, but bars will remain closed.

Also, the reopening for establishments with access only by public roads and with a schedule from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 16:00. At this stage, they have considered businesses with sales of clothing in general, footwear, jewelry, cosmetics, opticians, pawnshops, and home appliances and household items.

In markets and supermarkets, the measures of a 50 percent capacity, one person per family, should be kept, prohibiting the entrance of groups or accompanying persons, as well as the application of the healthy distance.

The use of public parks and squares will be on an individual basis, with a maximum occupation of 25 percent, and only for physical and recreational activities.

In the return to the "new normal", the general dispositions of staying at home, healthy distance, the correct use of mouth guards everywhere, inspection of establishments and the application of sanctions, and the closing of commercial plazas continue. The above provisions are subject to future modifications, as required.

Mazatlan Airport gets coronavirus health certificate

Mazatlan International Airport "Rafael Buelna", complies with all sanitary measures for its operation, said the administrator, Victor Vladimir Ramirez del Angel. The airport took advantage of this paralysis due to the pandemic to carry out all the measures for international and national certification, in order to receive passengers and employees safely.

The airports maintain international standards, and in the case of Mazatlan is not exempt from it, in that sense have been prepared since day one of the health emergency with different procedures and actions to regain the confidence of users, passengers, and employees, and to ensure that we comply with all health measures.

The measures have been carried out with protocols that the federal government, through the Secretary of Tourism, has indicated as special measures for the transportation service, and that range from signaling, healthy distance, protective panels for the care of passengers and collaborators.