Julio Reyna Quiroz

La Jornada newspaper
Monday May 25, 2020, p. 19

Unfinished, the Mexican government released the health guidelines for the tourist chain. There are those of transportation, lodging and guides. However, it did not establish those corresponding to theme parks, spas, swimming pools, bars, discos, nightclubs and convention centers, among others.

The protocols are in preparation by the service providers, indicates the document National Guideline for the reopening of the tourism sector, carried out by the Ministry of Health in coordination with its Tourism counterpart.

The segments where the guidelines were not established are those related to maritime transport and port operations, digital platforms, spas, swimming pools, street markets, fairs, bars, discos, nightclubs, theaters, concerts, stadiums, massive sporting events and convention centers. .

In the theme parks chapter, the document indicates that Grupo Xcaret promised to deliver its proposal for sanitary measures on the 18th. On Friday, the organization unveiled its program, which it called 360-degree Security.

Jaime Salazar, president of the Mexican Council of the Meetings Industry (Comir), explained that the health proposal for the convention centers is ready and will be presented to the General Health Council for approval.

He considered that the proposed guidelines should not be drawn up by a bureaucrat, so it will contain the opinions of the 15 associations that make up the Comir.

Three stages

The resumption of activities in the meetings industry will consist of three phases: the Covid-19 emergency, which will last until December 31, and the revitalization ones, in 2021, and the start of the new normality, in 2022.

Salazar indicated that the proposal will request the approval of recognized international certifications, in order to provide greater security to foreign participants.

Meanwhile, the Mexican Association of Water Parks and Spas is in a position to share the best health practices in these tourist attractions. However, it was not called by federal authorities, said its president, Gerardo Gallo.

Until last Thursday afternoon, for example, the 129-page document with guidelines for reviving tourism was not known to tourist guide associations.

In this case, the text admits that the guides must establish a limit of people in their charge and avoid, as far as possible, crowds in the venues.

A maximum number of people should be established to offer the service safely. In the case of using your own vehicle to transport tourists, the guidelines set by the health authorities will be followed, notes the document of the federal government.

He states that the contingency plan should be implemented and, if necessary, modified according to the effectiveness shown, such as reducing groups or changing itineraries.