When do the beaches open?


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Sunset on the beach of Mazatlan - Rutopia

Feeling the sand on your feet, watching the sunset and getting wet with the salty sea breeze are all those sensations that you probably miss the most after this period of staying at home due to the health contingency generated by the coronavirus. And that’s why one of the questions you may have been asking yourself the last few days is: when do the beaches open?

Before you grabbing your umbrella and your best sunglasses, there are details to consider:

Sunset on the beach of Mazatlan.

The reopening of beaches in Mexico does not have a specific date, as it will be determined by the color of the traffic light by regions according to the National Guidelines for the reopening of the Tourism Sector, which states: “These basic measures should be effective as of June 10 as a priority in the new normality; based on the traffic light by regions. […] Local and state authorities will decide whether to open beaches, natural water extensions or spas.”

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Taking this into consideration, we can observe that there are beaches such as those found in Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta that opened since June 15. Huatulco opened on June 20, while Mazatlan and Acapulco opened on July 1 and 2 respectively. In the case of Cancun, the beaches remain closed to the public, although the hotels that have already started to receive tourists can offer this space but controlling the capacity, which must also be limited to one third of occupancy.

Although the beaches in Los Cabos had a relatively fast reopening, on July 1 the local media warned that due to the amount of people who visiting the beaches, it was decides to close the closure in Costa Azul viewpoint in San José del Cabo and to reinforce the sanitary filters in the rest of Baja California Sur. 

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These filters will include the support of elements of the Army and the Navy, who through Plan DN-III and Plan Marina, respectively, will conduct tours of all the beaches in the country to verify compliance with the guidelines established to avoid contagion.

The passage of the pandemic will also change our experience when visiting a beach, since among the measures provided in the manual mentioned above are the following:

– Visit them within the established hours, some will open from 10 to 18 hrs

– Avoid contact between people, (discourage handshaking and/or kissing) and keep the distance between people is necessary. A social distance of 1.5 meters is recommended.

– Avoid encounters with others outside household members.

– Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet, before eating and after eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

– Carry a hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol to use in case soap and water are not available, although hand washing will always be more effective.

Turtles rekease at the Cuyutlán Turtule farm in Armeria, Colima.

Now that you know the possible reopening plans and the capacity that the beaches will have, remember that you can also consider an alternative destination which does not have the common agglomerations in the most popular sites, considering that one of the main measures we have to prevent contagions is to keep the healthy distance.

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