Thousands of Tijuana restaurants expected to permanently close due to COVID-19


People gather at a coffee shop near the beach in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on August 2, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. – Despite the safe distance restrictions and beach closure people from both sides of the border visited Playas de Tijuana this weekend. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP) (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (Border Report) — Initially as many as 10,000 restaurants in the Tijuana region were expected to go out of business due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic according to Miguel Angel Badiola, head of Mexico’s National Chamber of Restaurant and Food Providers.

The number has been redacted to about 1,000.

One of the main reasons is the lack of clientele, which is mostly comprised of tourists from north of the border.

“We are committed to keeping as many of these businesses open while following the safety protocols,” Badiola said. “I think we are seeing good results already.”

In Tijuana, the chamber of commerce says it is launching a campaign to stress the use of face coverings with the goal of slowing the spread of the virus so they can open more restaurants and other businesses as quickly as possible.

The campaign will be in place for the next two weeks with the public being encouraged to adhere to the recommendations and wear face masks.

“The general public need to use face coverings to the point it becomes habit, it’s the only way we will keep the virus from running rampant,” said Gina Villalobos, president of Tijuana’s Small Business Council.

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