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Latin America


Brazil and Mexico: first steps towards re-opening


Amusement parks and family entertainment centres in Latin America have been among the sectors hardest hit as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Astrid González Nariño reports.


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t press time, only some parks in Brazil are preparing to restart operations, as well as the Xcaret Group in Mexico; the rest remain


closed, while the owners and managers of the establishments in the region continue to work intensively on the approval of the protocols, as requirements for governments to authorise the reopening. The protocols, designed in collaboration with IAAPA,


have become practically the only way to gradually return to the new normal, in times of pandemic and in the absence of a vaccine.


Brazil restarts The government of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina is the only one in the South American country that has approved the protocols for restarting activities in the region’s parks, zoos, entertainment venues and beach activities, including Beto Carrero, Balneario Camboriú and the Oceanic Aquarium. The protocols, approved by the local government,


establish, among other measures: compulsory use of masks; cleaning of card payment machines; minimum


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distance of 1.5 metres between people in all places; availability of alcohol (70%) in gel; verifi cation of the user’s body temperature; prioritise the elimination of employees from risk groups, such as the elderly, hypertensive, diabetics, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases; intensify the disinfection of cafes, cafes, restaurants, changing rooms, games, appliances and other environments with 70% alcohol or other preparations with similar effect; prioritize the natural ventilation of the environments (boxes, receptions, warehouses, processing and administrative areas, cafes, changing rooms, bathrooms, among others); adjust the capacity of cable cars and cable cars to ensure a minimum distance of 1.5 metres (one and a half meters) between people. Beto Carrero will be the fi rst to open its doors and


from now on all the eyes of the Latin American industry are focused on the results of this experience, on whose success government decisions in other countries in the area will surely depend. To make the announcement, the managers of Beto Carrero affi rmed that the park will operate with a


JUNE 2020


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