Tourists dip their toes in water as top Mexican beach getaway reopens

By Jorge Antonio Delgado
CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Foreign visitors are gradually returning to the white sand and warm water of the Mexican Caribbean coast as the popular beaches are gradually being reopened to tourism with new hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
"I've been stuck in my New York City apartment for three months, so I've decided that an open beach is probably a good call," said 31-year-old web designer Sam Leon after arriving at the famous resort's airport on Saturday was city of Cancun.
Scroll to continue with the content
Empire Financial Research
Legend Apple bought for $ 1.42 says you should buy this now
Investment legend Whitney Tilson says there is a huge new technology trend ahead - and he's revealing his number 1 for free.
He said he was planning to go to the trendy Tulum beach with a friend and that he had no concerns about possibly taking the virus while traveling because he was in good health.
Others have been equally undeterred, although Mexico has reported record infection rates in recent days and has reached the peak of the pandemic in certain areas. Mexico has recorded a total of 16,448 deaths.
"We travel all the time ... we're really not too worried," said 32-year-old Canadian citizen Brad Kendell, who lives in Panama. He had been in Mexico City with his wife last March when Panama closed the country.
They opted for a "change" to Cancún while waiting for travel restrictions to ease.
About 20 tourists splashed in the water and relaxed on the sand at the Hard Rock Hotel, which reopened along with 16 other beach resorts in Cancun on June 8. Hard Rock said it installed hand sanitizers, accelerated cleaning, and enforced distance rules in the pool and beach areas.
Although hotels can let guests into the water, the public beaches remain closed.
"The most important thing right now is to revitalize the state economy, but we have to be careful about the health of our people," said Carlos Joaquin, governor of the State of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, last week.
A complete recovery of the Mexican tourism sector, which accounts for 8.7% of the gross domestic product and employs 4.5 million people, seems far away.
Mexico only had 86,000 foreign visitors in April, compared to 2.8 million in the same month last year, according to official figures.
(Reporting by Jorge Antonio Delgado in Cancun; Additional reporting by Abraham Gonzalez, Diego Ore and Ana Isabel Martinez; Letter from Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
Mention your own website in this post for Advertisement

Last News

Vicki Gunvalson Says Renovations on New Downsized House Are in 'Full Force' — See the Photos

‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ at 20: Renée Zellweger recalls weird way she discovered British backlash to her casting

Tickets for this nuclear-powered superyacht will cost $3 million for VIPs and be free to scientists and students selected to help study climate change

Texas oil pipelines face dry months due to pandemic

Biden's chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity

'Step Brothers' director says Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's characters would be 'way into' QAnon if a sequel were ever made