In looking ahead to Semana Santa (Easter week), on Monday, March 1st, the Sonora Secretary of Health urged statewide closure of beaches and tours for the busy holiday period at the end of March and into early April (Easter).
In response, Puerto Peñasco mayor Ernesto Kiko Munro indicated while his administration has been respectful of the policies and stances taken by the different levels of government, given current conditions they do not see it necessary nor productive to consider beach closures.
Rather, indicated the mayor, the primary task for the city during times of increased tourism influx is to ensure compliance with Covid-19 protocols, both for visitors and residents.
Munro recalled last year the municipality went into nearly complete economic shut-down to halt the initial spread of Covid-19. This effort, he emphasized, was successful and the city has not again been faced with conditions that would once more call for a total or partial closure on economic activities.
Similarly, the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), indicated closing the city’s beaches again would be devastating to the local economy and negatively impact 70% of the area’s businesses. OCV President Héctor Vázquez de Mercado deemed the Sonoran Secretary of Health’s remarks to be more of a recommendation for spots and municipalities that have not managed to prevent large gatherings of people.
Vázquez del Mercado noted, in contrast to Puerto Peñasco, there are parts of the state that have not adhered to Covid-19 protocols and not monitored entry to public beaches. In addition, there are those who do not respect the preventive health measures.
Mexico’s Health Alert Map
On the most recent epidemiological alert map, Sonora is listed at yellow (medium risk) for the period March 1st – 14th. Meanwhile, on the Sonoran “Anticipa” health alert map, Puerto Peñasco is currently listed at orange (medium risk) through March 7th.