Coronavirus Mexico: Which beaches have been closed to the public?


After declaring the Sanitary Emergency in Mexico, the beaches of the entire country must be closed at least until April 30.

Coronavirus Mexico: Which beaches have been closed to the public?

The pandemic by the coronavirus COVID-19 caused that in Mexico a Sanitary Emergency was decreed from March 30 to April 30, 2020. Among the actions taken by the Government of the Republic to combat the disease, is the closure of public places such as the different beaches in the country.

In a press conference, Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, revealed the actions that will be taken on the beaches of the entire country: “The order has already been given. Which leads to the fact that within the framework of the State and municipal authorities take consistent measures and suspend tourist activity on beaches, either for international tourism or local tourism, “he said.

First effect

Without tourists or fishermen, during the first day of the suspension of activities, a whale could be observed in Acapulco Bay, a fact that was shared on social networks

States that had already anticipated

As of March 31, all beaches in Mexico must be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Before the National Emergency was decreed, some states began to take measures to try to mitigate the contagions.

Oaxaca: Activities in destinations such as Puerto Escondido, Huatulco, and Zipolite were suspended, where the beaches were closed as a measure against the coronavirus. The nudist beach of San Pedro Pochutla was also closed to the general public.

TamaulipasMiramar Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the state and in the country, decided to suspend activities to deal with COVID-19.

Sonora: The state government had already given the order to close all the beaches as a measure against the coronavirus. Some destinations such as Puerto Peñasco, Bahía San Jorge and Punta Arenas suspended activities until further notice.

From Baja California to Quintana Roo: order to close all Mexican beaches due to coronavirus

The measure obeys the federal provision for social distancing, issued by the General Health Council

A general view shows empty chairs on the beach during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cancun, Mexico.  (REUTERS Photo / Jorge Delgado)
A general view shows empty chairs on the beach during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cancun, Mexico

Tourism is one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus around the world and Mexico is no exception.

According to the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco Servytur), Mexican and foreign visitors leave a significant economic spill. In 2019, it was more than 53,000 million pesos, but this year the figure is expected to be considerably low.

However, the advance of the disease in Mexican territory, which according to the country’s health authorities already total 1,215 confirmed patients, 29 deaths, 3,511 suspected cases and 6,282 negative cases (official figures as cut on March 31, 2020) has forced the government to establish more rigorous actions.

One of them is the announcement of the closure of all the country’s beaches.


The Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, reported that during a virtual meeting he had with the 32 state governors on Tuesday to attend to the emergency of the virus, the interruption in this tourist sector was established.

“The order has already been issued (…) which leads to congruent measures being taken within the framework of the state and municipal authority and the suspension of tourist activity on beaches, be it for international tourism or local tourism,” he said.

This is due to the social distancing measure, dictated by the General Health Council, of not holding or allowing congregations of more than 50 people in the same place and time.

However, it revealed that some rulers of the states whose greatest source of income is tourism expressed concern about the suspension of public activities.

Photo: Guillermo Arias / AFP

“We had to return to touch base with reality, explaining that the order was already given. The order is the agreement of the Ministry of Health that establishes the general sanitary security measures that say that the activity in the public space is suspended, “he emphasized.

Before these measures, some states had already announced the closure of some beaches or the restriction on the passage of tourists. Among these are some beaches in Sonora, Tamaulipas, Tabasco, and recently Baja California Sur.

The governor of the latter state, Carlos Mendoza Davis announced the disposition through his Twitter account.

“By @SSalud_mx provision, hotels across the country will temporarily close. We also determined to close our beaches by # COVID-19. April is NOT for visiting BCS. After the crisis, we will receive tourists with the quality, warmth, and hospitality of always, “wrote the governor.

In another tweet, the state president asked his citizens for responsibility and solidarity.

“To the South Californian society, I ask for responsibility and solidarity. You MUST NOT visit any BCS beach during Holy Week. We determined to temporarily close them, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ”he wrote.

In the face of the coronavirus emergency, some state governments have designed some strategies to avoid a greater economic crisis for people living on tourism.

This is the case of the Quintana Roo Ministry of Tourism, which designs a strategy for all informal or commissioned tourism jobs, which do not have a permanent employer, in which they will enter a social support program that is being defined by the state government. .

Marisol Vanegas Pérez, secretary of this agency, announced that one of the first actions will be the distribution of pantries to whom it is necessary to support.

“It is not just about jobs directly linked to hotels that receive tips from tourists, but there are taxi drivers, sellers of tourist tours, employees of nautical companies, etc., who depend on their daily sales to generate resources,” said the would work.

According to figures from the Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants in Quintana Roo, approximately 80,000 workers work by commission or tips in the state, either directly in hotels or in tourism sector services.

Governor Carlos Joaquín González considered the dismissals applied by hotel businessmen in Quintana Roo to be hasty, so he announced that a work team has been formed that will offer legal support for unjustified dismissals.

He assured that 84 companies, unions, and business chambers joined in creating formulas that can maintain the workforce, strategies that include a salary decrease, weekly rotation movement, advancement of vacations, advance payments, Christmas bonus.

“Some made hasty decisions, but those who lost their jobs will be supported and each case will be reviewed,” he explained.


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