Colombia is permitting the reopening amusement parks, zoos, botanical gardens and nature reserves using biosafety protocols with a new ruling of the Ministry of Health.
On August 21, according to El Colombiano, the Ministry of Health published Resolution 1421 that permits the reopening of amusement parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves in Colombia.
So, amusement parks, zoos, botanical gardens and nature reserves that have been closed for five months due to the nationwide quarantine can gradually start to receive customers again but they must use biosafety protocols.
According to Ángela Díaz, director Executive of the Colombian Association of Attractions and Amusement Parks (Acolap) this new resolution permits opening theme parks, family entertainment centers, science and technology centers, zoos and water parks and more.
However, don’t expect that all amusement parks, zoos, botanical gardens and nature reserves in Colombia will open immediately. The Ministry of Health only issued a resolution that establishes the protocols to reopen this sector of the economy.
The only thing missing is that mayors of non-COVID-19 municipalities or low-impact of COVID-19 municipalities need to decide if they will reopen these places.
Reportedly Pereira and Zipaquirá are two cities in Colombia that are most advanced in the implementation of these protocols. They already have biosafety processes ready at each point of their amusement parks.
Quarantine Impact on this Sector in Colombia
According to Acolap, the association that brings together attractions and amusement parks in Colombia, the sector’s losses during the five months of quarantine exceed half a billion pesos.
Also, seventy percent of the jobs in this sector were reportedly lost. And it is estimated that about 60 arcade/entertainment centers, which operated within shopping malls in Colombia, went into total bankruptcy, preventing them from reopening.
Biosafety Protocols for Reopening Amusement Parks, Zoos and Nature Reserves
There are a number of biosafety protocols that must be used by amusement parks, zoos, botanical gardens, nature reserves and other entertainment places that open. These include:
- There should be hand wash dispensers every 330 feet (100 meters) in common areas.
- Use of face masks is required.
- Upon entry, hand disinfection is required and the temperature is taken of each customer.
- Social distancing of 6.5 feet (2 meters) between each person in common areas must be guaranteed
- A reservation system should be available, if possible, that allows visits to be scheduled in advance.
- Each visitor must bring a personal kit that must include a mask, 60% glycerinated alcohol, toilet paper or disinfectant towels, a bottle for hydration and bags for waste disposal.
- During the stay, visitors will not be able to shake hands, or give kisses or hugs.
- For group tours, these must be done in one direction only. The minimum distance between one group and another must be 13 feet (4 meters).
- Attendees should wash their hands every three hours.
In addition, every area, path, route, game or piece of equipment must be analyzed in a matrix of low, medium or high risk. Once this risk level has been defined, operators must define the time intervals necessary to suspend service and carry out disinfection.
Also, every day there must be a disinfection protocol before and at the end of activities. In addition, managers must train workers on the virus and the protocols to follow.
Water parks can open, but there can be no access to saunas, Jacuzzis and Turkish baths.
In addition, zoos must prevent contact of people with animals and constantly disinfect feeders and drinkers. And if any animal has a respiratory condition, it must be isolated and placed under daily observation.
Amusement Parks, Zoos and Nature Reserves in Medellín and Nearby
On the Medellin Guru website we previously looked at attractions that could be reopened under this new ruling. But this depends on the mayors of the municipalities where they are located, the first two are located in Medellín:
- Parque Norte: Medellín’s Amusement Park
- Parque Zoológico Santa Fe: Medellín’s Zoo
- Hacienda Napoles Pablo Escobar’s Former Estate Turned Theme Park
- Rio Claro Nature Reserve: A Perfect Getaway from Medellín
- Piedras Blancas: An Ecological Park Near Medellín
Also, there are arcade/entertainment centers in many of the malls in Medellín that would fall under this ruling.
Medellin Guru’s Coronavirus Series
Medellin Guru has a series of articles about the coronavirus pandemic and the impacts in Colombia: Also, these articles are being kept up-to-date, as this is a fast-moving topic:
- Economy Impacts in Colombia Due to Extended Quarantine
- Epicenter of Coronavirus in Colombia: Bogotá is the Epicenter
- When Will the Quarantine End in Colombia? On September 1?
- Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries
- Beware of Fake News in Colombia About Coronavirus and Quarantines
- Reopening Gymnasiums, Churches and Movie Theaters in Colombia
- Reopening Amusement Parks, Zoos and Nature Reserves in Colombia
- Medellín Starts Free COVID-19 Tests on the Medellín Metro
- New COVID-19 Preventive Measures in Medellín to Contain the Pandemic
- Penalties for Violating the Quarantine in Medellín are Stiff
- COVID-19 Orange Alert in Bogotá: New Lockdowns in Bogotá
- Medellín Starts to Lift the Quarantine: Enters Smart Isolation Phase
- Colombia Started to Lift the Quarantine – What Does this Mean?
- Coronavirus: When Will the Quarantine Be Lifted in Colombia?
- Colombia Starts to Lift the Quarantine in COVID-19 Free Areas
- Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1
- Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality – Current Status
- Coronavirus Hospitalization in Colombia: Myth vs Reality
- Are Medellín and Antioquia Winning the Coronavirus Battle?
- 23 Cities with a Major Increase in Coronavirus Cases in Colombia
- Colombia Coronavirus Death Rate: What are the Chances of Dying?
- Coronavirus: When Will Things Return to Normal in Colombia?
- COVID-19 Testing in Colombia: Realty About Coronavirus Testing
- Life as an Expat: During Medellín’s Coronavirus Quarantine
- Colombian Visa Process Changes: Due to Quarantine and Coronavirus
- Medellín Coronavirus Closures – What is Closed in Medellín?
- Pico y Cedula: A Restriction for Grocery Shopping in the Aburrá Valley During the Quarantine
- Pico y Cedula in Colombia: Which is Strictest Out of 5 Largest Cities?
- Medellín Quarantine Starts on March 20 for Four Days
The Bottom Line: Reopening Amusement Parks, Zoos and Nature Reserves in Colombia
Colombia’s nationwide quarantine started on March 24. So, for five months, amusement parks, zoos and nature reserves in Colombia have been closed. If these places can’t reopen, how can they survive?
The bottom line is that amusement parks, zoos, botanical gardens and nature reserves places are now permitted to start reopening in Colombia.
However, this reopening is limited to municipalities where mayors decide they will reopen these places.
In all cases, the reopening of amusement parks and other places permitted to reopen under Resolution 1421 requires biosafety measures. And these measures include the use of face masks plus keeping social distance between customers.
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