Playa del Carmen coronavirus update: beaches reopen for visitors

Solidaridad, which hosts the resort city of Playa del Carmen, remains in the orange phase, which allows activities at an average of 60 percent capacity, while the number of positive cases of coronavirus totals 1,384 people, of whom 167 have died and 877 have recovered.

Playa del Carmen coronavirus cases
Playa del Carmen coronavirus cases

A total of nine beaches will open to the public this Monday, September 7 in Solidarity, when passing the health traffic light from orange to yellow, allowing them to operate at 60% of its capacity with respect to all health measures, the City Council reported. The spas that will be open are those of 72, 38, 28, 10, 8, 6 4, 2, and center streets.

All of them are added to the three with "Blue Flag" certificate (Xacalaco, Punta Esmeralda, and Playa 88) that were the first to receive visitors since last August as part of the pilot program to reopen by the initiative of the Municipal Government.

As part of the pilot program to reopen at the initiative of the municipal government, the project urges the general population to follow the instructions of local authorities in order to maintain order and prevent contagion from COVID-19. Sanitary filters and permanent surveillance will be maintained by Civil Protection and the Municipal Police to ensure that prevention protocols are followed.

Playa del Carmen coronavirus update
Playa del Carmen coronavirus update

According to the epidemiological traffic light, starting this Monday, hotels, restaurants, historical sites, theme parks, golf courses, and tourist services will also be able to operate at 60 percent of their capacity. Also, public parks, religious services, theaters and cinemas, shopping centers, department stores, manufacturing, hairdressing, and beauty salons.

Administrative and technical services will follow at 75 percent; the sale of goods and computers at 80 percent, and the opening of essential activities such as banks, markets, construction, and laundries, among others, at normal capacity. Bars, nightclubs, discos, schools, and entertainment centers will remain closed.

Upon entering, people pass through a sanitary filter where their temperature is taken, they are given antibacterial gel and checked for the use of mouth guards. In all these beaches, street commerce is prohibited and it is not allowed to introduce cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and food.

The coronavirus pandemic affected the Easter and summer vacation seasons, which was reflected in job losses, the total or partial closure of many businesses, and the decrease of up to 50% in the base salary of workers.

Covid-19 in Playa del Carmen. Image: Ministry of Health
Covid-19 in Playa del Carmen. Image: Ministry of Health

Measures

As part of the reopening of Playa del Carmen's beaches, the Municipality of Solidaridad designed a pilot program. As part of the plan, citizens must comply with eight indispensable measures; in addition, after 10 days of reopening, the results will be evaluated to determine whether they will continue to be open or not.

To be considered:

The use of "non-disposable outside the water space" mouthguards is recommended.

Keep your distance. Beach users in Playa del Carmen must maintain a minimum distance of 5 meters between groups or individuals.

They must also maintain a distance of 2 meters in the showers.

Only individuals or groups of no more than four people will be allowed to enter.

The use of umbrellas will be limited to 4 people per umbrella.

No food, coolers, or alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the beaches.

Contact sports or joint sports should be avoided.

The temperature will be taken in the sanitary filters.

Economic revival begins on Fifth Avenue

Playa del Carmen's main attraction is the nightlife in the emblematic Fifth Avenue and the area of clubs, bars, and discos that were affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the severe economic crisis caused by the COVID-19. After a gradual and orderly reopening, a slight respite begins for the merchants, especially the restaurant owners and the few craft vendors, but also for the urban artists who are found on every corner of the " tourist-center".

The state that generates more income to the country is Quintana Roo, contributing with 288 billion 572 million pesos per year, of which this tourist destination contributes 34 percent, however with the coronavirus pandemic tourism collapsed, since Fifth Avenue, as well as its beautiful beaches, were completely closed, even more so the bars, clubs, and discos because they were not essential activities, but were the ones that gave life to Playa del Carmen.

After many stores closed because they went bankrupt, came the opening of some businesses on the emblematic Fifth Avenue for the revival of the economy, most are open restaurants, bars, crafts and convenience stores, with a few just beginning to feel the respite with the arrival of tourism that comes from short distances, mostly peninsula, which come as a family taking advantage of the sales in hotels and businesses.

The tourism that predominates is national and regional. Foreign tourists are very few, because they look for the sunny sea and the white sandy beaches, although one or another arrives to enjoy the cenotes and other attractions that are in the municipality, taking advantage of the night to tour the landmark Fifth Avenue, where there are many urban artists in search of an income to overcome the economic crisis, while the clubs and discos are closed as a preventive measure by the COVID-19, which has given a blow to tourism.