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Foreign visitors have begun to trickle back to the white sands and warm waters of Mexico’s Caribbean coast as its popular beaches gradually reopen to tourism with new sanitary measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. About 20 tourists splashed in the water and relaxed on the sand on a recent day at Hard Rock Hotel, which re-opened on June 8 along with 16 other beachside resorts in Cancun. Hard Rock said it installed hand sanitizer stations, ramped up cleaning and is enforcing distancing rules at the pool and beach areas. Although hotels can allow guests into the water, public beaches remain closed. A full recovery for Mexico’s tourism sector - which represents 8.7% of gross domestic product and employs 4.5 million people - looks far off. “The most important thing right now is to revive the state’s economy, but we have to be careful with the health of our people,” Carlos Joaquin, governor of Quintana Roo state which includes Cancun, said last week.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Mexico’s Caribbean beaches gradually reopen to tourism
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