During a local press conference, the Machu Picchu Management Unit (UGM) announced the citadel will not open due to delays in implementing the appropriate biosecurity measures to protect visitors against COVID-19. Health protocols such as performing COVID-19 tests for locals have yet to be defined and implemented.
Reports from regional authorities and trade unions have protested the central government’s announcement to reopen the citadel, fearing it would create a spike in infections in the region.
Back in May, the Peruvian government announced that Machu Picchu, and other landmarks around Peru, would open in May in an effort to reactivate the economy and the tourism industry. The regional government of Cusco presented sets of protocols for the opening, including limiting the number of visitors to 675 per day.
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