Chile announces that Easter Island will open to tourism in August | News

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After two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chilean government announced this Friday that it will gradually reopen Easter Island to tourism from next August 1.

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This territory located in the Pacific Ocean closed to visitors after registering the first case of coronavirus at the end of March 2020.

With the reopening of August this year, the arrival of two or three weekly flights will be allowed. “Thus, improvements will be enabled both in the infrastructure of the Mataveri airport and -given the context of the pandemic- in the health infrastructure that allows for an adequate response to the detection of Covid cases on the island,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Economy.

“Initiatives will also be carried out to support economic development, promotion of tourism, enabling the conditions of service of hotels, accommodation and restaurants, and support for MiPymes (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) that have been unable to exercise their business activity,” he added.

In addition, the authorities will intensify the vaccination campaign to immunize 80 percent of the population. In this sense, the Government of Chile specified that “testing, traceability and isolation tasks will be reinforced.”

“Health residences will be set up on the island to respond to the new demand, for which a joint effort between the Interior, Economy and Health will be required to identify and set up spaces, highlights the text

“In turn, limits on active cases will be established so that alerts for the preparation of closure measures are triggered in the event that the epidemiological situation so requires,” the entity detailed.

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