The Massive Initiative To Help Easter Run Smoothly Covers Every Aspect Of Tourist And Local Life
The Government of Quintana Roo is preparing a massive initiative involving over 3 thousand individual units to help secure the tourist experience over the Easter period. The program covers health, public transport, infrastructure, and security.
With hundreds of thousands of tourists expected over the Easter week, the capacity for problems increases significantly. With the reputation of the destination on the line, the Government is pulling out as many stops as possible to ensure the best possible experience for everyone in the state.
With as many as 3,500 unique units being set in place from across multiple branches of government, the plan is likely to be a complicated one. In terms of vehicles, 530 different forms of transport and support vehicles will be deployed, including ambulances, patrol cars, motorcycles, ambulance boats, jet skis, pickup trucks, boats, and others.
In regards to personnel, added police, national guard, firefighters, red cross medics, nautical medics, and an array of added workers from the departments of protected areas and cultural heritage programs.
Individual aspects of the program include ensuring that any road vehicle working in any capacity for the benefit of tourism should have spare tires, tools, and first aid kits, and follow rules regarding working hours to ensure the smooth transport of any tourists.
The state has suffered several unfortunate health and safety problems over the past few months, and several of the programs are designed to counter the possibility of this happening again. For example, a Playa del Carmen restaurant was recently destroyed and three people killed after a gas explosion. In a statement this week, Quintana Roo Governor, Carlos Joaquin urged all establishments to enforce comprehensive risk management and to show extra care when dealing with handling gas of any sort.
Despite the added protection at the beach in the form of medical boats, several agencies all urged travelers, locals, and businesses to keep one eye on the water at all times to ensure there are no emergencies that cannot be dealt with swiftly. Several people have already died this year after being swept out in riptides and strong currents. A recent post on our own Facebook group from the wife of a man who sadly drowned highlighted the realities of swimming in the ocean.
It also encouraged people to look after one another if swimming in some non-traditional places. There are rivers, cenotes, and other interesting places to swim that are not monitored by lifeguards in the same way that the beaches are, and extra care should be taken there.
It was announced last week that many of the tour boats for activities like snorkeling and diving would have medics present now after several high-profile incidents involving divers brought attention to the response of the activity providers.
To help with security, the Tourist Security Battalion will be patrolling every day as they have been for the past few months. According to reports, their numbers have been bolstered around the state, helping to ease some of the concerns that tourists may have regarding organized crime and the violence it’s brought to the region.
Tourists shouldn’t be concerned about the violence as, statistically speaking, they are incredibly safe. Most of the events that have happened have not impacted tourists directly, and the few that have were tragic but they were not targets. Making smart decisions and not searching for drugs when on vacation will reduce any potential risk visitors may have in the region.
Tourists hoping to travel to Cancun over the coming weeks should anticipate huge crowds, as over one million people pass through the state. The majority of these will be in Cancun with hotel occupancy approaching 100%.
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