There are many establishments that continue to exceed the allowed capacity
“In Tulum, you see images of debauchery everywhere, it is not only the parties or the establishments, if you go in the street it is notorious that people do not wear masks, but we also are not doing the most basic to comply with sanitary measures”, said the president of the Tulum Hotel Association, David Ortiz Mena, while calling on the authorities to be more energetic in applying the law.
The hotel leader indicated that although it is a good measure that the city council puts some examples of order, with operations and closures, that has had little effect since many places continue to exceed capacity.
“They are not only special events but places that work with a restaurant bar license and perform a different activity,” he said and reiterated that with an orange traffic light (the one currently in force in the northern part of the state), social, public events cannot be held. or private; however, “there is little agreement with what the traffic light indicates and what is happening in Tulum.”
He recalled that the municipality had established the obligation to use the mask and there were even penalties or jail hours, but “I think it has not been followed up; You have to start with the example and from the public servants, the police officers, use it, you have to insist in all areas, from the inhabitants to the visitors, it is a serious problem ”.
The government must make an effort, he said, as well as citizens and businessmen; the latter must be congruent and understand that human lives and the image of the destination are at risk worldwide: “visitors and locals are risking public health, not only their own but also their collective”.
The hoteliers had launched the Wear to Care campaign together with the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ), but “the result is visible, the reality is that in Tulum the mask is not being used and we do want to see a much more authority energetic making the places comply with the epidemiological traffic light ”.
National and US market will be key
Ortiz Mena also referred to the cancellations of flights from Canada, which will not return until April, which “leaves us more dependent on the domestic and US markets”; However, he clarified, there were already few Canadians due to the quarantine requirement in their country. Additionally, several hotels reported the early departure of guests before the PCR testing requirement went into effect in the United States.
He stressed that in the destination there is sufficient availability of COVID tests for tourism and to facilitate compliance with this requirement, mobile posts have been installed in the coastal area, in addition to the fact that antigen tests can be done in the accommodation centers, most of them included in the room rate.
According to preliminary data, Tulum closed the first month of 2021 with a total hotel occupancy of 39.71 percent, distributed as follows: 35.64 percent Akumal, all-inclusive; 37.29 percent Akumal, Muyil and Tankah; 68.25 percent Boca Paila-Sian Ka´an and 56.72 percent downtown Tulum.
“A scenario of little certainty is seen with the tendency to close in the countries that emit tourism and it will be difficult between now and April, therefore we must not relax the measures, to give our visitors confidence that they can continue to come safely. ”Concluded the president of the hoteliers.