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Tulum Archeological Site Closed After Employee Tests Positive

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The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has confirmed that starting on May 9th 2021 the Archeological Zone of Tulum will be closed until further notice due to a positive case of Covid-19.

“In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic all necessary measures must be taken to keep everyone safe, especially when there has been a confirmed positive case within the facility. When this happens it is our duty to close down temporarily to commence cleaning and disinfecting protocols as well as execute contact tracing,” said the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in a press release.

Two similar cases occurred last April when the INAH re-opened the San Miguelito Archaeological Zone in Quintana Roo and the Mayan Museum of Cancun after confirmed cases of Covid-19. It took these facilities 18 days to ensure there were no further infections, leaving them only temporarily closed from April 10th – 28th.

The INAH kindly reminds the public to follow all prevention protocols including social distancing, wearing a mask, hand sanitizing, keeping groups to a maximum of 4 people and to expect to receive a temperature check when entering a facility. 

The Tulum archeological zone will have a maximum capacity of 300 people when it reopens and only 15 people will be allowed in the museum at a time. Their hours of operation will be Monday – Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, keep in mind last entry is at 3:30pm.

This week in the northern and southern areas of Quintana Roo they are at an epidemiological orange traffic light. Meaning that places like public parks and beaches are limited to 30% capacity and places like restaurants, hotels, golf courses, historic sites and other tourist attractions and services are dropped back down to 50% capacity. 

The main priority for The Ministry of Culture and the INAH is to not only maintain, but improve the health of all workers and visitors to ensure that their facilities are safe, enjoyable and can remain open. This is why there are such strict protocols in place and they appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.

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