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About 10 percent of hotels will initially reopen in Mahahual

Mahahual, Q.R. — Out of nearly 40 hotels in Mahahual, only about 10 percent will open their doors June 8 when restrictions are lifted. The news comes from Gerardo Pérez Zafra, local businessman and representative of Coparmex (Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana).

He commented that those 10 percent are the only ones that have already been certified in environmental safety. “The fact that hotel activity is considered essential allows us to operate, even if we are at a red light, although only up to 30 percent staff and 30 percent occupancy,” he noted.

As for certification, he explained that there are some details preventing everyone from installing the protocols. One obstacle that many have encountered is getting laser thermometers, which are currently not available, and those that are ordered will take several weeks to arrive.

He added that they have not received reports of bankruptcies, but without a doubt there will be, although more than bankruptcies, there will likely be changes of owners.

Pérez Zafra clarified that there is still a pandemic and the fact that they have opened does not mean that “tomorrow the tourist vans are here. It will be very gradual and we hope that by December, we will be at 70 percent occupancy,” he said.