Acapulco, Guerrero — In a public message, the city of Acapulco says it will close its beaches on December 31 to avoid crowds and COVID-19 infections as established by the Guerrero government.
“We have announced that starting December 31, we will reinforce actions on the beach strip, which will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the next day. This measure is for your health and safety,” reported state governor Héctor Astudillo.
Governor of Guerrero also said that to ensure people do not enter Acapulco beaches to celebrate New Years, there will be patrolling at the entrances by the National Guard, Navy, state and municipal police during December 31.
For the past two decades, a fireworks gala has been exhibited along Acapulco beaches to ring in the New Year, however, this year, that tradition will not be held due to the ongoing virus pandemic.
According to figures from the State Secretariat of Tourism, approximately 300,000 people celebrated the arrival of the New Year on the beaches of Acapulco in 2019.