With Sonoran Port City Guaymas At Maximum COVID-19 Risk, San Carlos Beaches To Close

Published: Monday, July 26, 2021 - 5:49pm
Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 12:05pm
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The beaches at the popular Sonoran resort town San Carlos will be closed over the next week as COVID-19 cases in Guaymas and across the state surge.

New weekly cases in the major port city of Guaymas, which includes San Carlos, have been rising quickly in recent weeks, from 12 in early June to well over 200 in mid-July, according to data tracked by the University of Sonora. The most recent complete week, which started on July 18, had 171.

State officials recently deemed it maximum risk, the only such municipality in the state right now with that highest ranking.

“We want them to be in solidarity with the situation we’re going through, and we respectfully call on them to not come at this time,” said Guaymas Mayor Sara Valle of would-be visitors from the United States. “And very soon we’ll be receiving them with open arms.

The closure of San Carlos’ famous beaches, as well as bars, nightclubs and some other establishments, will go through at least Aug. 1, according to Valle. Given those restrictions, she said visitors wouldn’t be able to “100%” enjoy everything Guaymas and San Carlos have to offer.

While Guaymas is among the hardest cities hit right now, cases have been surging across the state. Deaths so far have remained relatively flat, but hospitalizations have been steadily rising.

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