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Three Baja California beaches are left out of the list of 286 approved by Cofepris for bathing at Easter

Aerial view of Tijuana beach in Baja California (Mexico).Omar Martinez Noyola/Cuartoscuro

Rosarito, Tijuana and Tijuana I are the beaches where bathing is not recommended this year, according to analyzes carried out by the Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris). The three beaches are very close to each other, in the city of Tijuana, almost on the border with the United States. Of the 289 beaches analyzed, these three are the only ones that have exceeded the levels of enterococci allowed by the agency to take a bath now that the Easter holidays arrive, one of the times of the year in which more people flee the center of the interior of Mexico to enjoy the beaches that cover 17 of its states. The more than 25 million preschool, primary, and secondary students in Mexico will have vacations from Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 14, so families are already waiting to get in the car, load their suitcases, and drive to the nearest beach.

Cofepris considers that swimming in water with more than 200 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water can be harmful to health. This bacterium is part of the human intestinal flora, but exposure to them outdoors can cause fever, diarrhea or vomiting, as well as eye and skin irritation. When there is a large accumulation of these bacteria on the beaches, it is usually due to the fact that fecal and residual water from the nearest cities is discharged very close to the area.

The agency in charge of health risks issues a report similar to this in each holiday period, while trying to encourage the different States to keep their beaches in good condition, because, it says, that “promotes national and international tourism” and also serves to boost the country’s economy. The Ministry of Tourism estimates that during Easter Week more than 11.3 million national tourists will go on vacation in the country, of which 5.8 million have booked at a hotel, exceeding the figures for the year by 96.4%. 2019, before the pandemic that condemned the industry to a hibernation stage from which it is still recovering.

Some will benefit more than others. The Quintana Roo Secretary of Tourism forecasts one of the best Easter tourism seasons for many years. They hope to exceed the occupation of 2022, which was at 85%. The head of the dependency was happy during the report they presented: “Current occupancy levels make us anticipate that we are going to be bursting at Easter and break new records. We are going to continue working to provide a quality service to our tourists and that this generates greater well-being and prosperity,” said the official.

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