“Semana Santa” without tourists: Mazatlán beaches in ‘silence’

The closure of the beaches left 800 merchants out of work, among them Édgar Iván Meza, as his business of renting chairs, tables and umbrellas fell apart due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Mazatlán, Sin.- Mazatlán, one of the ports most visited by national tourists during Easter (Semana Santa), now remains empty, in an unprecedented impasse.

The port is dormant in an intermittent silence, the absence of the bustle makes the song of the seagulls and the waves generate an echo that resonates throughout the coastal promenade.

Last Friday, the tourist activity officially stopped, just on the eve of Easter. The State Government ordered the closure of hotels and beaches due to the Covid-19 health emergency.

800 beach merchants lost their jobs

State and federal authorities ordered hotels and beaches to remain closed until April 30.

Before the pandemic, Mazatlan was expecting 90% in hotel occupancy for Easter.

Édgar Iván Mazatleco, 40 years old, is dedicated to renting umbrellas, chairs and tables for people on the beach. Easter was the best time of year for him.

Verbatim he said: “The question is what are we going to do for a living now? We live day by day. Right now we can hold on a little, but when our savings are gone, what are we going to do?”

Édgar Iván has to support his family, made up of his wife and three children, one 14 years old, another 8 and one 2 years old.

Source: OEM

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