By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
After nearly six months of being closed to the public because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Teotihuacán, one of Mexico’s most iconic tourist attractions and oldest archeological sites, will reopen under strict sanitary and safety protocols on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The announcement of the reopening of the ancient pre-Columbian pyramids — which date back to the first century A.D. — was made by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the government body that oversees all of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic treasures, through a press release late Thursday, Sept. 3.
In order to maintain appropriate social distancing practices and avoid possible crowds, the archeological zone, located 50 kilometers northeast of Mexico City in the State of Mexico (Edomex), will be open for reduced hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday) and only 30 percent of its usual visitors will be allowed to enter, with a maximum of 3,000 tickets issued each day.
All visitors will be required to wear face masks and maintain a safe distance of 1.5 meters from others, except in the case of small children with their parents.
Temperature checks will be taken on entry to the site and antibacterial gels will be readily available for all.
Only open-air sections of the site will be accessible, and visitors will not be allowed to climb on the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.