Puerto Peñasco anticipates a large influx of tourists both this and next week for the traditional Semana Santa (Easter) holiday. With this in mind, the city is reiterating the importance of following health protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19, particularly during the holiday period from March 26th – April 11th.
Puerto Peñasco mayor Kiko Munro underscored the health of residents and visitors alike comes first, noting since the pandemic began this destination has stood out as responsible and respectful of guidelines from the three levels of government.
The Semana Santa 2021 vacation strategy, unanimously approved by members of the Municipal Health & Safety Board, includes the following points:
Current city health and security protocols remain in effect:
- Mandatory use of facemasks (in vehicles, this applies when there are 2 or more people)
- Sanitizing mats, antibacterial gel, temperature checks, and social distancing (minimum 1.5 meters
Citywide curfew – modified hours from March 26th – April 11th:
- Monday – Thursday: midnight to 6 a.m.
- Friday – Sunday: 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.
In effect at beaches, including Playa Hermosa, Playa Bonita, Mirador, Mi Playa, La Cholla, and resort/hotel/condominium zone:
- Adhere to measures established by ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Land Zone)
- Beach hours 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- No sale of alcoholic beverages or installation of beer tents
- Athletic events and gatherings of more than 10 people is prohibited
- Overnight camping, use of tents, and any nighttime activities are prohibited after 7:00 p.m.
- NO GLASS BOTTLES, GRILLS, CAMPFIRES
- Rental tents to be spaced out – max 10 people per tent
- No installation of beach bars / stages / contracting music groups
- Masks to be worn when accessing beach and/or interacting with vendors
- PETS MUST BE ON LEASH AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBLE FOR CURBING THEIR PET
The following measures are in place for the tourist area known as “The Malecon” (Old Port)
- Malecon hours 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily
- No contracting of music groups or use of mobile or stationery systems for programmed music, including from individual vehicles
- No sale of alcoholic beverages along public roadways or setting up of beer tents
- All businesses and restaurants in “the Malecon” must adhere to these rules.
Sports Fishing and Tourism boats:
- Sports fishing boats – maximum capacity 80%, including crew
- Tourism boats – maximum capacity 60%, including crew
- Respect safety protocols and hours issued by Harbor Master
Hotels, Motels & Lodging sites:
- Hotels & Motels, maximum capacity 70%
- Condos, villas, maximum capacity 90%
- Rental homes (stand alone), maximum capacity 100%
- Accommodation sites will apply rapid Covid tests randomly, for 10% of reservations
- Onsite hotel/motel restaurants & bars:
- 50% capacity in enclosed spaces
- 60% capacity in outdoor spaces
- Onsite event and meeting halls: 50% capacity in enclosed spaces, 60% capacity in open air venue, may operate at 60% capacity between 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Restaurants / Sports bar-restaurants
- 50% maximum capacity in enclosed spaces
- 60% maximum capacity in open air spaces
Event & Meeting Halls
- 40% maximum capacity in enclosed spaces
- 50% maximum capacity in open air venues
Individual home gatherings:
- No granting of party permits
- No gatherings of more than 10 people, and preferably those belonging to the same family nucleus
For activities along Calle 13, Mirador, and within city in general
- No contracting of music groups or programming of music from individual vehicles in public areas
- No sale of alcoholic beverages in public areas and no setting up of beer tents
The mayor indicated the unanimously approved preventive protocols to combat Covid-19, as well as the Letter of Commitment ratified by the Municipal Office of Economic Development, remain in effect for the city’s different commercial businesses and religious centers.
He expressed gratitude to the State Secretary of Health and State Health Board for their joint work with the Municipality of Puerto Peñasco and Municipal Public Health & Safety Board, for the benefit and care of the community’s general well-being.