President Maduro Announces the Reactivation of Tourism as of December 1

This Wednesday, October 14, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that the tourism sector will be reactivated as of December 1.

Since mid-March 2020, when the first COVID-19 case was reported in Venezuela, the Maduro administration took quick and radical measures to stop the spread of the pandemic in Venezuela, and currently Venezuela shows one of the lowest death per million inhabitants rates, not only in the region but in the world.

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During an economic working meeting, the president mentioned that this restart of activities will be done gradually and with all the biosecurity measures, in order to protect the health of the population.

Hotels, international and local flights, and surface intercity transport have been restricted to the minimum since March, being mainly used in some cases for COVID-19 related cases, for  local and internationals humanitarian flights and transfer, and to provide free shelter to mild COVID-19 patients or to quarantine potential cases.

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Accordingly, President Maduro stressed that the holding of Christmas fairs, a very common Venezuelan tradition, will be allowed under a scheme limiting the number of people in order to guarantee safe distancing, and follow biosecurity protocols.

The head of state stressed this Wednesday that the reopening 7+7 scheme will remain in effect in the country, “but we are evaluating the new arrangement so that the entire formal and informal economic sector can prepare for its holiday season, and go to work,” he said.

Public parks, beaches and any other places that might hold large gatherings of people have been closed since March, and many Venezuelans dream of taking a much-needed trip to beaches and other recreational sites.

 

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(La IguanaTV) with OT content

Translation: OT/JRE/SL