Peru closes all beaches for New Year celebrations to keep tensions at bay
Peruvian Health Minister Hernando Cevallos said on Thursday that closing the country’s beaches for the remainder of the summer season was not on the agenda.
Cevallos insisted that the government would assess the behavior of citizens after the imposition of beach restrictions and that the closure of all beaches throughout the summer season could not be ruled out. “There may be some beaches where a more drastic decision will be taken, but now the closure of all beaches on the Peruvian coast is not being considered,” Cevallos said in an interview.
People need to understand that this measure is not to harm the company or someone who bought their accommodation ticket, but to ensure a calmer summer, and prevent more deaths and hospitalizations. ?? The mayors of Miraflores and Chorrillos in Lima have agreed to extend this restriction on January 2 and 3, 2022 to thermal spas located in their jurisdictions.
“We are closing our beaches out of respect for the 202,584 victims that COVID-19 has claimed in our country,” Chorrillos mayor Augusto Miyashiro said at a press conference.
The government of Peru announced on Wednesday that access to the country’s beaches, lagoons and rivers would be banned on December 31 and January 1, 2022, to contain the advance of the covid-19 pandemic.
Cevallos also explained that the Delta variant is predominant nationwide although Omicron’s presence has increased with 116 cases identified, the vast majority of them in Lima. He added that vaccination teams are working continuously to reach the goal of 80% of the population vaccinated with both doses.