15:15 | Cusco (Cusco region), Feb. 28.
Starting March 1, 2021, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to tourists at 40% capacity —that is to say— up to 897 people a day will be allowed to visit Peru's main tourist attraction.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Culture
—through the Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC) of Cusco— which mandated the reopening of the Inca ruins.
The ministry reported that visitors shall comply strictly with the health protocol, which includes permanent and correct use of face masks, physical distancing by limiting person-to-person and group-to-group contact, as well as the measures set out by the site.
The Ministry of Culture recommended that visitors get their tickets in advance through the website or at official booking offices, noting that the ticket is mandatory for entry.
It should be noted that the archaeological parks included in the Cusco tourist ticket will reopen to tourists, too, and the capacity limit will be 40%.
Last Thursday, Cusco Region Governor Jean Paul Benavente affirmed that the reactivation of activities such as visits to museums and archaeological sites will help reactivate Cusco's economy and tourism sector —one of the most affected due to suspended visits to Machu Picchu and archaeological sites during the second wave of COVID-19.
"We have been coordinating with the Government and implementing measures in the region to maintain a balance between sanitary control and economic reactivation," Benavente told RPP radio and TV station at that time.