Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The mayor of Playa del Carmen says that the city’s three Blue Flag beaches will be the first to open for the 10-day beach reopening pilot project set to begin August 20th. In a press release, the city says that Punta Esmeralda, Playa 88 and Xcalacoco, which have Blue Flag certification for international water quality and hygiene standards, will be the three beaches to open August 20.
City Council points out that the three beaches will open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., within the framework of the pilot program for the orderly and safe reopening of the coastal zone. As part of the program, food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited as are coolers. A maximum of four people per group are allowed under a single umbrella with each person being two meters apart. Groups and / or individuals must set umbrellas five meters apart.
Beachgoers are encouraged to wear mouth masks, but they are not mandatory. Sports are prohibited. Temperatures will be taken via a sanitary filter before people are allowed to go onto the beaches.
The government of Laura Beristain Navarrete says the 10-day program is being promoted as part of the economic reactivation as well as for the benefit of residents. Agencies will be on each of the beach sites to ensure health protocol compliance.
The program will run from August 20 to August 30 only in Playa del Carmen and will be extended or shortened depending on citizen compliance.