Playa del Carmen coronavirus update: increase in tourists is expected

Solidaridad, which hosts the resort city of Playa del Carmen, remains in the orange phase, which allows activities at an average of 30 percent capacity, while the number of positive cases of coronavirus totals 1,066 people, of whom 97 have died and 619 have recovered as of today's report.

Playa del Carmen coronavirus cases trend line
Playa del Carmen coronavirus cases trend line

The reactivation of the lodging centers in the Riviera Maya is gradually advancing, maintaining to date an average daily occupancy rate of 12% to 13% and they expect to reach 25% occupancy in this summer season with the arrival of tourists, mainly from Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

This was announced by the Secretary of Economic Development, Tourism and Investment Attraction, Amanda Degyves Carral, who said that according to information provided by the Hotel Association of the Riviera Maya, the reopening of the tourist destination began with the operation of 19 hotels.

Playa del Carmen coronavirus update
Playa del Carmen coronavirus update

They are promoting the Reactivation Plan of the Tourism Industry of the destination, applying the security and hygiene protocols indicated in the "Certification in Protection and Sanitary Prevention in Tourism Facilities", as well as the guidelines of the "Recommendations for a healthy return to work before COVID -19"

Beaches in Playa del Carmen remain closed

The closure of beaches in Playa del Carmen will remain in force until further notice, as reported by the council through social networks, after the epidemiological traffic light of infections caused by the coronavirus Covid-19 remains orange in northern Quintana Roo. With this measure, it is expected that the contagion curve begins to fall and allow rapid recovery of the area, because so far only essential activities are allowed, while places like hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers operate only at 30% of its capacity.

According to Sipse, some 1,400 people were removed from the beaches this weekend by staff from the Secretariat of Civil Protection, Risk Prevention, and Firefighters. Emmanuel Hedding Medina, director of the unit, lamented the situation due to the lack of awareness of a good part of the population that attends the beach despite the fact that the epidemic continues to be active.

"We managed to remove people from the Punta Esmeralda beach, some 350 people, in the downtown beach... some 800 people, in Xcalacoco, some 300 people, the accumulation is the greatest risk," the official said. He said that they are supported by other agencies so that, in the future, there will be no more drastic measures to prevent people from going to public places.

"What we are trying to avoid is the concentration of people, we have several red spots that are being addressed, through Public Security, Civil Protection, the National Guard itself, the Federal Maritime Land Zone Directorate, the Navy, the population is recommended to leave the beach area, this in a civilized manner to avoid having to implement more rigorous measures later," said Hedding Medina.

The restriction to the beaches began in March, with the beginning of the health contingency to prevent the spread of Covid-19; with the new normality, the local authority stopped placing the tapes that prohibited the passage to the beaches, because official sources informed that it was the responsibility of the National Guard to prevent access to the coast; a week ago there were changes and personnel from the city council placed the tapes again to restrict the passage.

Hotel and restaurant owners guarantee sanitary protocols in Playa del Carmen

The hotels and other establishments in Playa del Carmen, meet all the standards of sanitation to provide quality services and certification of safe city and whose service providers have learned to live in this new normality, keeping at bay the coronavirus Covid-19, so the numbers in terms of hotel occupancy have been maintained, reaching up to 20 percent.

In the restaurants located on the streets perpendicular to Fifth Avenue and even those of some hotels that have already begun to provide service, workers use masks and maintain a "healthy distance" with and between diners.

The restaurant sector indicated that to return to red traffic lights would be a very hard economic situation for Playa del Carmen and would hurt a lot, since it would be an economic setback and would have an additional impact on the health image worldwide, since it is one of the main tourist states of the country.

However, the risk is there because many people continue to wander the streets without wearing a mask, as recommended by the health sector, putting their own safety and that of others at risk.

Playa del Carmen maritime terminal recovers visitor flow

The Playa del Carmen maritime terminal has increased from an average of 500 passengers per day to 2,000 people who board to cross to Cozumel Island through the shipping companies.

They went from two to four runs per day for each of the two shipping companies, which represents a recovery of the service in terms of affluence. The route strongly resented the effects of the coronavirus contingency, after levels that presented in the normal season of 9,000 people per day.

Two shipping companies operate in the area: Winjet and Ultramar, each of which lends four runs a day to cross to Cozumel in an alternate fashion, where tourists mainly come. Like many public places, they have begun to carry out disinfection measures of the place, also have stations with antibacterial gel, and encourage passengers to keep the healthy distance.

In the maritime terminal, there are commercial premises, which during the quarantine stopped working, however, with the "new normal" they expect an economic reactivation as it has started to happen in other economic sectors.

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