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Parts of Riviera Maya open up for more tourists

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Tourists disembark at Cozumel on Aug. 5, 2020, while Mexico battles the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Getty

Some resorts on the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula have advanced to the “yellow” light.

By climbing up a notch on the epidemiological “traffic light” system, the northern part of Quintana Roo can welcome more tourists by up to 60%.

The color change reflects a perceived drop in coronavirus risk level. So far, 10 states in Mexico have made it this far in the red-orange-yellow-green warning scale. Campeche, on the Gulf side of the Peninsula, was the first state in Mexico to reach yellow. Yucatan state is still in “orange.”

“Our hospital capacity as of today (Friday) is 39%, which is good news for our municipality, thanks to responsible people, but above all to the effort and dedication of the medical and nursing staff who work in the hospitals of the island,” said Cozumel Mayor Pedro Joaquin Delbouis.

The reopening of the economy will be allowed gradually, retaining basic health protocols such as mandatory use of face masks, he said.

Restaurants, cinemas and churches can fill seating areas to 60% capacity and beaches will be reopened, but under supervision from Civil Protection personnel, he added.

Professional, technical, consulting and advisory services can operate at 75% capacity. Outside gyms and sports facilities can operate at a 70% capacity while indoor gym facilities can operate at a 50% capacity, said Gov. Carlos Joaquín.

The yellow light begins Monday and will be up for review by Sept. 13, a week later. Southern Quintana Roo, including Tulum, remains under the more restrictive “orange” light.

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