City of San Miguel de Allende Reopening Today, July 15
Travelers can enter city; businesses must have local, state health certifications to operate
By: San Miguel de Allende Tourism Board
Access to San Miguel de Allende has been closed since March to non-residents, with the city sacrificing the local economy for the health and wellness of its residents. On May 25, the city launched its "Health First" certification, which is granted after local health and safety officials evaluate each location and certify compliance with sanitary protocols for reopening. This was followed on July 2 with the city receiving the World Travel & Tourism Council's Safe Travels seal. This was seen as an acknowledgement of the many sacrifices the city has made to contain this pandemic and ensure that all international requirements are met.
Obtaining the WTTC's 'Safe Travels' seal endorses this work and reaffirms that San Miguel de Allende is properly ready in terms of sanitation, said Laura Torres-Septien President of Tourism Board. That same day, it was announced that hotels in San Miguel de Allende could start confirming reservations for a July 15 reopening.
San Miguel de Allende and its nickname, the "Heart of Mexico," serve as a travel and tourism metaphor, as the city plays a key role in the country's cultural tourism. As the new normal begins to take shape, it is San Miguel de Allende that takes on the task of welcoming visitors back to Mexico. The city beats with a new rhythm, one that goes beyond the resort experience and invites visitors to an authentic experience.
The town has a mystical quality. Its picturesque cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial architecture are complemented by age-old traditions both religious and secular, a spectacular natural setting for hot-air balloon rides and open eatery food tours, flourishing wine country and tequila fields, and rooftop bars and restaurants.
Those planning to make their way to San Miguel in its current state will find the city fits well with the new realities of social distancing and the craving for outdoor activities.
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