Puerto Vallarta Reopens

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Puerto Vallarta has slowly started to welcome travelers back with a focus on health and safety that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puerto Vallarta, which has been locked down since early March, is now undergoing a multi-phase reopening process led by local officials focused on state, federal and international protocols. These initiatives have played a part in the State of Jalisco obtaining a Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The measures implemented in Puerto Vallarta begin at Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, the destination’s primary filter, which has also received the WTTC Safe Travels stamp. Social distancing is being practiced by airport workers, and thermal video cameras are being used as travelers enter the immigration zone, where electronic documentation is currently taking place. Disinfectant mats are used at all airport entrances and exits.

In addition to the preventive and precautionary measures at the airport, the city is requiring extensive and continuous sanitization in hotels, public transportation, and public spaces. Restaurants must maintain physical distance between tables and patrons, and establishments must place disinfectant mats at entrances. Local officials are also distributing antibacterial gel and conducting temperature checks.

More than 45 hotels have reopened to visitors, with a maximum 30% occupancy, and are offering modified access to on-site restaurants, pools and beaches. A second group of hotels will open during July for the summer, and the remainder will open in the last trimester of the year.

Although Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon waterfront promenade is not yet fully open to the public, there are access points to restaurants and shops. Bars remain closed until the destination enters the next phase of its reopening.

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