Health and tourism authorities in Mexico present guidelines for reopening

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Health and tourism authorities in Mexico present guidelines for reopening
Thu May 21, 2020

Recommendations focused on preventing and mitigating contagion risks to the maximum were established in a document


The Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, and the Undersecretary of Prevention and Promotion of Health of the Ministry of Health, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, today announced the National Guideline for the Reopening of the Tourism Sector.

This document, carried out by the Ministry of Tourism in coordination with the Ministry of Health, establishes the recommendations for the tourism sector, focused on preventing and mitigating contagion risks to the maximum by means of personal hygiene, environmental and healthy distance measures as a priority in the new normality, based on the traffic light by regions, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) on May 14, which establishes the strategy for the reopening of social, educational and economic activities.

Secretary Torruco Marqués explained that this guideline includes contributions from the private tourism sector, with whom there was full consensus after various working meetings with the main business organizations of the tourism industry, such as the National Tourist Business Council (CNET), the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco-Servytur), National Association of Hotel Chains (ANCH), Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM), National Council of Exporters of Tourist Services (Conexstur), National Chamber of Air Transport (Canaero), National Chamber of Passenger and Tourism Transportation (Canapat), National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (Canirac) and the National Alliance of Tourist Transporters (ANTT), among others.

He added that the comments arising from the working table that was established with the governors of nine states were also taken into account: Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Guerrero, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Baja California, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Colima, and the Chief Government of Mexico City, which in total add up to 50.5 percent of the Tourism Gross Domestic Product and 4.4 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product.

He specified that the guideline, over 130 pages in length, includes all types of tourist activity: air transport, airports, migration services, cruises, pleasure boats and port operations; hotels, restaurants and bars, golf clubs, discos and nightclubs, event rooms, convention centers, business centers, ground transportation, tourism guides, digital platforms, theme parks, water parks, sun and beach destinations, spas , Tianguis and fairs, concerts, stadiums and massive sporting events and museums, among others.

The owner of Sectur pointed out that this guideline is approved with those established in Canada and the United States.

For his part, Undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell stated that there are three sectors that were designated as the first candidates in the process of reopening activities: construction, manufacturing of motor transport and mining, and tourism is now included in this spectrum.

He stressed that the tourism industry has an additional challenge, intrinsic to its activity: moving from one place to another far and the congregation of people in the same place, which has contributed to making this health emergency one of the activities most affected .

However, he recognized his discipline and willingness to adapt to the new protocols, for which proposals will continue to be received to enrich this document, which covers all areas of tourist activity, which was presented during the press conference led by Undersecretary López -Gatell in the National Palace, and contains the following:

The Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, and the Undersecretary of Prevention and Promotion of Health of the Ministry of Health, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, today announced the National Guideline for the Reopening of the Tourism Sector.

This document, carried out by the Ministry of Tourism in coordination with the Ministry of Health, establishes the recommendations for the tourism sector, focused on preventing and mitigating contagion risks to the maximum by means of personal hygiene, environmental and healthy distance measures as a priority in the new normality, based on the traffic light by regions, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) on May 14, which establishes the strategy for the reopening of social, educational and economic activities.

Secretary Torruco Marqués explained that this guideline includes contributions from the private tourism sector, with whom there was full consensus after various working meetings with the main business organizations of the tourism industry, such as the National Tourist Business Council (CNET), the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco-Servytur), National Association of Hotel Chains (ANCH), Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM), National Council of Exporters of Tourist Services (Conexstur), National Chamber of Air Transport (Canaero), National Chamber of Passenger and Tourism Transportation (Canapat), National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (Canirac) and the National Alliance of Tourist Transporters (ANTT), among others.

He added that the comments arising from the working table that was established with the governors of nine states were also taken into account: Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Guerrero, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Baja California, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Colima, and the Chief Government of Mexico City, which in total add up to 50.5 percent of the Tourism Gross Domestic Product and 4.4 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product.

He specified that the guideline, over 130 pages in length, includes all types of tourist activity: air transport, airports, migration services, cruises, pleasure boats and port operations; hotels, restaurants and bars, golf clubs, discos and nightclubs, event rooms, convention centers, business centers, ground transportation, tourism guides, digital platforms, theme parks, water parks, sun and beach destinations, spas , Tianguis and fairs, concerts, stadiums and massive sporting events and museums, among others.

The owner of Sectur pointed out that this guideline is approved with those established in Canada and the United States.

For his part, Undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell stated that there are three sectors that were designated as the first candidates in the process of reopening activities: construction, manufacturing of motor transport and mining, and tourism is now included in this spectrum.

He stressed that the tourism industry has an additional challenge, intrinsic to its activity: moving from one place to another far and the congregation of people in the same place, which has contributed to making this health emergency one of the activities most affected.

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