On September 8th, Puerto Peñasco awoke to an open highway after operations at the health checkpoint into town came to a close following U.S. Labor Day weekend. Puerto Peñasco mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro noted the checkpoint, which had been in place since early April, had successfully met the goal of minimizing health risks and the spread of Covid-19 in the city.
The recent closure of the health checkpoint, following 155 days in operation, was part of Phase 7 of Puerto Peñasco’s “Activation Plan”. This also included reopening southern (from Caborca) and western (from Coastal Highway) access points to the city, in an effort to further Puerto Peñasco’s ongoing economic reactivation.
The mayor detailed, according to information from the State Secretary of Health, Puerto Peñasco has always maintained a “green light” on the epidemiological stoplight alert. As of September 11th, there have been 169 cases of Covid-19 reported by the State Secretary of Health for Puerto Peñasco, since April 22nd, with 29 deaths.
Though the entry checkpoint has been taken down, the mayor asserted all safety protocols and hygiene measures remain in effect to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include: curfew from 12 am – 6 am, use of masks (nose/mouth coverings) is mandatory in all public spaces, ongoing use of antibacterial gel, safe social distancing, continual washing of hands, use of gloves and acrylic shields at establishments, as well as sanitizing mats at entries to shops and restaurants, among other steps.