Locals have finally been allowed to access the white, sandy beaches of Cancun after they were previously ruled off-limits because of the lockdown and also to reserve them for tourists.
But with the number of tourists falling, officials have decided locals will also be allowed to access the beaches in the tourist hotspot of Cancun located in southeastern Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo, starting yesterday (Monday).
The Chac Mool, Las Perlas and Delfines beaches were the only ones to open, while nine remained closed in the touristic hotspot.
According to the local newspaper ‘El Universal’, more than 1,000 people attended Delfines alone throughout the day.
The pictures show the once-crowded beaches now with fewer people as beaches are not allowed to reach full capacity.
To decrease the risk of further spreading the virus, the local government has placed preventative measures in the access points.
Beachgoers, who are expected to wear face masks, must apply sanitation gel on their hands and have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter.
They also register the time of entry and exit to keep track and ensure the beaches do not go past their 60 percent capacity, as allowed by the government.
Several other beaches are expected to open in the coming weeks with the El Nino beach in the port of Juarez is expected to open on 11th September among others.
Locals hope the opening of the beaches will help increase tourism as many local shops and businesses rely almost entirely on the sector.
This is the first time locals are allowed onto the beaches since a quarantine was instated in Mexico on 24th March. Prior to that, only guests staying at hotels were allowed to access the famous beaches.
According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University the country has reported 637,509 cases and 67,781 deaths – the fourth-highest death toll worldwide.
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