Masks Required In Puerto Vallarta Starting July 16 2020. Starting July 16, 2020 in Puerto Vallarta, the use of masks will be mandatory in public, including public roads, public spaces, buildings and on public transportation according to the health information published by Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez and published in the Official Newspaper of the State of Jalisco. Bus drivers, uber and taxi drivers will also be fined for not wearing facial coverings. This also includes all those establishments or businesses that operate in accordance with the Jalisco Plan for Economic Reactivation. The municipal authorities including the Secretaries of Health and Labor and Social Welfare will be responsible for verifying compliance with these sanitary security measures. This will be in force until July 31, 2020 and may be added or modified taking into account the advance, spread or evolution of Covid-19. The fine for not wearing a mask can be up to 800 pesos.
Deputy director of Civil Protection and Fire, Adrián Bobadilla García announced preventive measures will be strengthened and reinforced via various security checkpoints in the city. On weekends expect health checkpoints on Road 200 in Mismoloya, Las Palmas highway, from the north at Ameca River, and daily at various times at beaches and shopping malls where temperatures will be taken and reminding citizens to use face masks. On the Puerto Vallarta malecon, expect to see new designated walking lanes, one coming and one going along with signage reminding everyone to wear masks.
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This mandated mask policy comes after the Governor of Jalisco Enrique Alfaro issued a warning to Jalisco (of which Puerto Vallarta would be included) staying if the number of infections in the state continues to grow, his administration will activate an “emergency button”, a symbolic act that will signify the beginning of a strategy for the total closure of all activities for 14 days.
On June 23, 2020 the PV municipal and Jalisco state governments issued a series of recommendations to avoid further spread of Covid-19 from the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. As of July 11, 2020 municipal authorities are going to enforce 50% occupancy at Puerto Vallarta beaches to avoid overcrowding.
- Officials urge extreme personal hygiene measures, such as showering before and after the visit to the beach, stressing masks or facial coverings when arriving and leaving the beaches and constant use of antibacterial gel.
- Avoiding concentrations of people and/or groups by keeping a safe distance of five meters between each other, both in the beach sand area and while swimming in the ocean.
- Groups should be a maximum of eight people and preferably from within your family or those living in the same household. Don’t share any beach items such as beach balls, floaters, etc.
- If you are going to rent lounge chairs and umbrellas, make sure they are disinfected in your presence at the time you are renting them.