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COVID-19: Minsa announces the closure of beaches and swimming pools on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1

Lima, December 29, 2021Updated on 12/29/2021 01:32 pm

The Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, reported that the beaches of the national territory will be closed from December 31, 2021 to January 1, 2022 to avoid crowding of people in this open space and contagion of the coronavirus after the presence of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 in Peru.

“The need to restrict during this state of national emergency is established (…) everything that has to do with the occupation of some public spaces, such as the issue of beaches. (…) Likewise, the days of December 31 and January 1, 2022, are established at the national level as dates where the rest areas of sand or stones are not used immediately adjacent to the sea, with the sea area, of the rivera de rivers, lakes or ponds or public swimming pools, said the head of the Minsa in a press conference.

He indicated that the rest of the days you can go to the beaches respecting the capacity and the measures established by the Government against the coronavirus pandemic such as the use of a mask, distancing, not carrying alcoholic beverages or food, among others.

Let us remember that during the Christmas holidays, specifically on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 December, hundreds of people went to the various spas in the capital and along the coast of Peru to spend the summer, which caused crowds.

For example, on Agua Dulce beach, in Chorrillos, people brought alcoholic beverages and food even though their consumption was prohibited. Likewise, others did not respect the capacity and entered the spa by force. In addition, long queues were reported to enter due to the requirement of the vaccination card that accredits both doses against COVID-19.

Before the confirmation of the Minister of Health on the closure of beaches for end-of-year parties, the mayor of La Punta, Ramón Garay León, announced that the beaches in his district would be closed on January 1 and 2.

“We warn our visitors that they will not be able to enter the beach because the priority here is the health and lives of my neighbors and the people who come to visit us.“He told Canal N. However, he pointed out that people will be able to walk around the district.

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