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Archaeological sites and museums in Mexico prepare for the reopening

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

After four months of inactivity, the reopening of the 13 archaeological zones in the state of Quintana Roo is expected to begin in late August.

This was reported by Margarito Molina Rendón, director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Quintana Roo (INAH). He explained that the areas selected for the first phase of the reopening are Tulum, San Gervasio, Cobá and Muyil.

These areas will be able to resume their activities as soon as the traffic light system is switched to yellow.

He stressed that a protocol on health protection is currently being worked on and should be ready by the end of the month. In addition, repairs are needed to upgrade the sanitary installations.

From our own sources, we know that local guides, who have been facing great economic challenges for months without income, are working with donations and their own funds to repair the sanitary facilities.

We remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and we want our guests to feel at home and comfortable when travelling with us.

On our COVID-19 UPDATES page we outline our action plan and other steps we are taking to further improve our existing rigorous protocols.

Molina Rendón added that the Mayan Museum of Cancún will be the next place to reopen its doors to the public following the areas already mentioned.

Regarding the economic impact, he said, that after four months of inactivity in the archaeological zones, the economic damage is not quantifiable.

He noted that in Tulum alone an average of 5,000 visits per day was reached in 2019. These revenues are missing and lead to major cuts in culture, education and tourism in Mexico.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) already warned in June that the budget reduction of 75 percent as a result of COVID-19, sanctioned by presidential decree of 23 May will affect 162 museums, 515 historical monuments and 194 archaeological sites throughout the country.

Guides in Mexico City confirmed that half the number of private museums opened today in Mexico City. Museums of culture will begin to open tomorrow. INAH museums will be the last to open and do not have an official date yet, but tentatively August 24.

As soon as the first archaeological sites reopen, we will announce this on our social media.

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