Although cases of coronavirus are on the rise, dozens of families crowded the beaches of Champerico and Tulate, where physical distancing was the least of it.
Dozens of tourists crowded the beaches of Champerico and Tulate in San Villaseca, Retalhuleu, this January 1 to welcome 2022, despite the latent risk of contagion of coronavirus.
The scorching sun was no obstacle for families from various departments to enjoy the scenery and cool off in the waves.
“We know that we are in a pandemic, but this should not prevent us from celebrating. It is a family tradition of many years to visit the beach; Furthermore, it was a hard year, but we must move forward, ”said Liliana Ixcoy, who along with her family undertook the trip from Concepción Chiquirichapa, Quetzaltenango.
Biosafety protocols have been forgotten by both merchants and tourists, who have little imported the use of a mask and physical distancing, as evidenced in the place.
The influx of vehicles on the RN9 route that goes from Retalhuleu to Champerico was notorious. Control operatives of the National Civil Police (PNC) have been placed to verify that pilots are not driving while intoxicated.
“Our income has improved considerably and these dates are used by the people of Champerico because visitors seek accommodation, food and other services, this helps the local economy,” said merchant José Sanchez.
Given the crowds due to activities and an increase in visitors to Retalhuleu, Public Health has expressed its concern and it is expected that the contagion of covid-19 will increase in the coming days.
“We recommend not to lower our guard, the use of a mask, physical distancing, use of alcohol gel and vaccinate against the disease is essential. People are trusting themselves and that will have consequences ”, emphasized Nora Cojulum, director of the Retalhuleu Health area.