In a public address, the Governor of Quintana Roo says that the return of tourism will be based on a new normal, which will include rapid testing of incoming travelers for Covid-19.
The Governor of Quintana Roo participated in a virtual meeting with members of the cabinet of the Government of Mexico, led by the Secretary of the Interior Olga Sánchez Cordero to review the model for restarting economic activities.
“The tourist reactivation requires the constant and permanent application of rapid tests for COVID-19. It is urgent that the the Government of Mexico authorize its customs clearance. Health protocols will be essential for the travel and arrival of tourists to our destinations. Together We’ll Go Forward,” he posted on social media.
Carlos Joaquín expressed that the tourism industry in Quintana Roo is in a crisis due to the COVID-19 emergency that resulted in the cancellation of 8 million passenger seats and the loss of almost 80,000 jobs, which forces them to generate economic development as soon as possible.
He said that many hotels have already started with their new sanitation methods and that ferry ports and airports are also working on new sanitation procedures as well to prevent the spread of infection.
The Moon Palace All Inclusive Resort with over 2300 rooms launched their new sanitation program with over 100 new prevention methods.
“We require restarting activities with all security measures in tourism. A private group was created that is headed by the Secretary of Tourism, by the Secretary of Labor, by the governments of Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur to initiate these processes,” explained Carlos Joaquín.
He announced that in the coming days, this group will review the protocols, procedures and ways to start some activities in the tourism sector within the traffic light color system of the ‘New Normal Plan’.
Governor Carlos Joaquín emphasized that sanitary protocols in the tourism industry will be the basis of the new normal and that the constant and permanent application of rapid tests of COVID-19 is required to detect infected people, react in a timely manner and close the gap of uncertainty of new infections.
Ealier this month the Quintana Roo tourism board announced the reopening of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen for tourism starting on June 1st.
Shortly after the announcement, 15 hotels confirmed new reopening dates but yet to have been given the official go ahead from state officials.