With the extended shutdown of Chapala boardwalks lifted as of June 27, throngs of weekend visitors returned to the area’s popular tourist zones.
Activity at the waterfront malecones in Chapala and Ajijic resumed near normal rhythms as hundreds of families arrived to relax and enjoy downtime together in the open air.
Kids were out there flying kites, cycling and running about as their elders strolled along the water’s edge. Some crowded around ice cream carts and food stands while others clambered aboard tourist boasts for excursions on the lake.
Sanitary stations were installed at access points to Chapala’s adjacent commercial corridor, where visitors were required to put on face coverings and apply disinfectant hand gel to gain entry. The official assigned to guard the west end on Sunday estimated that at least 5,000 shoppers were admitted during peak hours.
To reduce congestion, the government is requiring vendors to stagger openings, allowing half to open one day and the adjacent ones alternating the next day.
Since the reopening of public spaces, Chapala City Hall inspectors have checked 290 stalls, shutting down four for failing to observe requisite safety precautions. One business on Avenida Madero was also closed for the same violation.