Mazatlan coronavirus cases rise while the port welcomes tourists

According to the Sinaloa Health Secretariat, Mazatlan coronavirus cases had a rise in new patients with a cumulative of 3,168 confirmed cases and 468 deaths in the port, which has reactivated its tourism.

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 mask 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 cases
Mazatlan coronavirus cases

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.

Mazatlan coronavirus update
Mazatlan coronavirus update

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

While the Major Officer, Javier Lira Gonzalez, said that they have only opened nightclubs that complied with the protocols and validation of their reopening, and that the bars just started their review this week, the leader of the Canaco, Jesus Sandoval Gaxiola, said that these businesses can now open, provided they comply with all coronavirus measures and protocols.

"Whoever complies will be able to open, and whoever does not comply will continue to wait. What we want is for the bars to comply, to take good care of the capacity, we don't want the tumult inside or outside, that was the commitment we made with the authority so that everyone can open," he said.

The business leader said the establishments, such as night clubs and bars, made their own protocols, which were reviewed by Civil Protection and inspectors from the Mayor's Office. Based on the sanitary protocols established by the authority, only one of the two was prepared, which describes the preventive measures to be complied with and the capacity that each business can have.

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.

Aquarium operates at 40% of its capacity

A week after reopening its doors, Mazatlan Aquarium has received just over 3 thousand visitors with an average of 600 people per day, which is the equivalent of 40% of its capacity.

Compared to July last year, which was a normal vacation season, in 2020 the attendance remains very low between 20 and 22 percent. Attendees comply with the health measures for coronavirus in a good way, so they have not had to deny entry to any visitor.

The sanitary protocol consists of passing through a sanitation tunnel, washing your hands with soap and water, applying the antibacterial gel, entering with a mask, and taking your temperature.

So far, no visitor, worker, or service provider in the aquatic area has presented a high temperature. All attractions are open to 25% of their capacity, that is, an average of 200 people in sea lion shows, as well as bird and predator shows.

Demand for catamaran trips resumes

With the arrival of tourists to Mazatlan, once the hotels and beaches were reopened, the demand for the traditional tours of the bay on a catamaran has increased.

On the weekend the boats registered an occupation of 30%, which has meant a break for those who work in this activity. In order to keep the passengers safe in the new normality, they comply with all the protocols, even the boats operate only at 40% of their capacity and schedules have been modified to avoid crowding.

In the new normality, the tourist boats with capacity for 250 people operate at 40% of their capacity to keep a healthy distance.