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Monday, April 19, 2021

Peruvian Government Reopens Machu Picchu

The Peruvian government reopened the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on Monday afternoon, after a nearly eight-month lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Peru is currently suffering a second-wave of the virus, and the International Monetary Fund predicted it would experience its worst recession in decades because of the economy shutdown.

The Peruvian government reopened the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on Monday afternoon, after a nearly eight-month lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Peru is currently suffering a second-wave of the virus, and the International Monetary Fund predicted it would experience its worst recession in decades because of the economy shutdown.

“Today, Machu Picchu opens. It opens with (health and safety) protocols, it opens to say that we are reactivating ourselves but with responsibility and great prudence, because we see everything happening in the world with the pandemic,” Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Rocio Barrios said in a speech in capital Lima during an Inca ritual to thank the gods for the citadel’s reopening.

Barrios also said that for safety reasons, only 675 tourists will be able to access the site per day, just 30 percent of the number of visitors that the Inca citadel was receiving before the pandemic.

 

 

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