For the last month, public and private hospitals in Mazatlan have recorded a large decrease in the number of people infected with Covid-19. The director of Prevention and Health Promotion of the state Health Secretariat, Cristhian Aldo Muñoz Madrid, confirmed this decrease and reminded that it is important not to relax measures in the coming months to avoid a new wave.

"We practically started to see at the beginning of September this downward trend in hospitals very steadily, it has been practically week after week. I can tell you that we have 89 percent of beds free in the state," reported the state official. "The truth is that Mazatlán had very complex days, very difficult days, but the truth is that the staff has worked hard, the personnel have done their job [...] and I believe that what has been useful is what people have experienced for self-care", he added.

He commented that Mazatlan is currently very calm, with no reports of any new cases, at least so far this month. The director of the General Hospital, Héctor Carreón Tiscareño, informed that two people were hospitalized on Tuesday, although there were days when no cases were reported.

"We were a few days without patients, we are very happy and it is still very low, there were not many (days), but having one or two cases per day is a huge blessing," he said. The doctor reminded that Covid-19 is still a new disease, therefore citizens should not relax their care because new strains are emerging every day.

However, there is one hospital that continues to show an important number of serious patients admitted due to Covid-19, which is the Mexican Social Security Institute, which has the highest number of patients. The average number of people hospitalized for the virus last week at the IMSS was 15 people, according to statistics from this agency.

The authority's recommendation is to continue taking preventive measures.  If they present symptoms of the virus, they should go immediately to the corresponding medical unit in order to be evaluated and receive the appropriate treatment.  They should also keep a healthy distance, use masks and wash their hands constantly, or use an antibacterial gel.

Canadian tourism returns to Mazatlan

The opening of Canada's border with Mexico and the resumption of flights will bring an economic injection to Mazatlan, so a good end of the year is expected. As of Saturday, Mazatlan will receive the first Canadian flight since a year and a half ago, by WestJet, from Vancouver and Edmonton, which will start the winter season.

The secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, Guillermo Romero Rodriguez, said that after more than a year of suspended flights from Canada, the arrival of these flights will recover even more tourism in the municipality. "The flight is expected to arrive full, with an average of 140 to 160 passengers with a weekly arrival, increasing frequency in December," he said.

For his part, the Secretary of Economic Development, Tourism and Municipal Fishing, Luis Terán Tirado, added that by December the Sunwing airline will begin to be active. He commented that the most frequent flights are scheduled for weekends, due to the fact that Canadian tourists have timeshares and their stay varies between 8 and 15 days.

"It would be the upcoming winter season, and we are very pleased that both shipping and air tourism are being reactivated, this will be over until Easter Week passes as it is normally done since national tourism starts to arrive, and foreign tourism starts to withdraw", he explained.

Tourist arrivals increase in Sinaloa

One year after the reopening of non-core activities, there has been a recovery in the number of tourists visiting the state of Sinaloa. In the first half of 2021, tourist arrivals to the state reported a growth of 147.1%, compared to the same period last year.

For the Sinaloa Economic Development Council, this "rebound" comes after a drastic 50.5% drop in tourist arrivals during the first half of 2020. According to the DataTur Monitoring System of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, the availability of rooms decreased 0.7% during the first half of 2021. Sinaloa had 15,029 rooms, 102 rooms less than in the same period of 2020.

As of June of this year, Mazatlán has 9,676 rooms, Culiacán has 2,843, Los Mochis has 1,568, El Fuerte has 437, Escuinapa has 236 and El Rosario has 186 rooms. In the first half of 2021, 2,591,488 tourists visited Sinaloa. An increase of 147.1% of visitors with respect to the first semester of 2020.

Mazatlán received 1,974,363 tourists; Culiacán received 370,158; Los Mochis received 136,709; Escuinapa received 52,162; El Rosario was visited by 36,561 and El Fuerte had 21,535 tourists. In the first half of 2021, Sinaloa had 7,309,085 tourists per night, 4,863,468 more than in the same period of 2020.

In the first six months of the year, the state had an occupancy rate in hotels and motels of 48.5% and an average stay of 2.8 days. Mazatlán had an occupancy rate of 56.3% and an average stay of 2.8 days; Los Mochis had 38.5%, with 1.3 days; Escuinapa, 38.2%, with 2.5 days; El Rosario, 35.2%, with 2.5 days; while Culiacán had 33.8%, with a stay of 3.6 days and El Fuerte, 18.9%, with an average stay of 1.2 days.

Planning to visit Mazatlan? Not without your vaccination certificate

There are many tourists who like to travel to the beaches of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, during the different vacation periods of the year, but starting this week and for an indefinite period of time, tourists visiting the port must present their Covid-19 vaccination certificate. This is already being requested in hotels, stores, markets, stadiums, recreational centers, shopping malls, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

The measure has been supported not only by the port's businessmen but also by the population in general, who are presenting the certificate at the entrances to the establishments. The week of awareness has already passed so that without the presence of the certificate it will not be possible to access businesses and various establishments.

Cruise ships return to Mazatlan with 'bubble' tours

Tourists are being asked to take great care of the ports, the sanitary standards and protocols, in the cabs, in the restaurants of the tourist area; the cruise passengers will have to disembark with masks and vaccinated, they are already controlled at the entrance of the ship, there is no need for a port health inspector to go around checking the vaccination certificates when disembarking, each passenger passes through a boarding pass machine, they have all the information, and if they have any problem, they cannot disembark, they all come totally safe so that there is no concern.

Recommendations for the tours

The tours traditionally took place in the main attractions of the city and its rural area. While the pandemic and the protocols are in place, the tour operators and service providers are limiting, they are not going to total capacities, they are going with a healthy distance, the obligatory use of masks, the use of gel in the places where they are going to go so that there are no crowds of people. Efforts are being made to continue with the sanitary bubble to protect the passengers and in doing so, the locals are also protected.

Scheduling

Since 2020, the shipping companies rescheduled the reservations, since travelers saw the possibility of postponing their vacations once the sanitary emergency was over, hence, at this time, there is a schedule. For the time being, with the arrival of Carnival, it will be arriving every week. For October the arrival of Princess Cruises, Holland America, and Norwegian Cruis is expected. They are already going to have about three ships a week, and they are going to end up with three to four ships a week by the end of the year. By 2022 it is expected to recover between 40 to 50 percent of arrivals and by 2023 to return to the movement with which 2019 closed.

Onboard modifications

To guarantee the best sanitary conditions on board, the shipping companies invested in modifying their facilities, he explained. Special ventilation devices, buffet systems were eliminated, they were forced to leave several cabins free to shelter patients, if necessary in quarantine. The hospital on board was made bigger and with more equipment, they bring the laboratory to make tests, in short, they have invested a lot of money to be able to comply with all the specifications that are sent to them and this gives more tranquility to the passengers and to the places where they arrive.

Mazatlan coronavirus semaphore colors

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 acknowledge 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.

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 hotel it is mandatory to use a 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.