In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, the popular beach town Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, implemented a three-phase reopening plan last week. Now, residents who had been barred from entering the city while it was on lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus are being allowed back in.
Anyone attempting to enter Rocky Point has to show proof of residency at a checkpoint north of town. They also must be screened for a fever with a thermal camera and walk through a so-called sanitation tunnel with their belongings to be misted with a disinfectant.
Mayor Kiko Munro said new arrivals also need to spend two weeks in self-isolation.
“We want to make this in the most responsible manner so that we can create this safe environment for our citizens," he said.
If all goes well, Munro said, the city will expand its checkpoint operations and start allowing tourists back into the city on June 16.