Along with Puerto Peñasco’s reactivation, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) is planning to start up activities and programs over a phased process, indicated CEDO Director Nélida Barajas Acosta, though under health measures to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19.
She detailed the first step for CEDO has been to have at least 50% of the staff working, under outlined health protocols and certification of the Mexican Social Security Institute. The second phase is to include restarting community work in spots along the fishing biology corridor of Puerto Peñasco – Puerto Peñasco. As to the third phase, which would encompass reopening the Visitors Center, ecotours, and store, these will remain closed for the time-being, and possibly return sometime in the Fall.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a negative impact, Barajas Acosta reflected it also has had a positive impact in the realm of conservation following no human activity on area beaches for over four months.