Quintana Roo Governor, Carlos Joaquín announced 5 new restrictions in an attempt to stop the state from reverting to the ‘Red’ epidemiological traffic light which is the maximum risk level for Covid-19. These new restrictions will include the popular tourism destinations of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.
Joaquín made the announcement during his Tuesday press conference that the state would take measures now in hopes that the increase in Covid-19 cases would begin to fall. Currently the state of Quintana Roo is the only state in all of Mexico where cases of Covid-19 are currently on the rise. The surge came after a very busy Easter break brought hundreds of thousands of tourists to the resort city of Cancun.
“Acting forcefully is the only thing that can reverse reality, as everyone knows the state traffic light tells us how much and how quickly we are getting sick,” Carlos Joaquín stated.
5 New Restrictions in Quintana Roo
The new restrictions announced by the Governor of Quintana Roo include:
- Strict enforcement of capacity limits at restaurants and hotels. Businesses could lose their license for not following the restrictions.
- Any large gathering including fairs, exhibitions and sporting events must take place in a ‘sanitary bubble’ which includes the testing of all attendees.
3. Main streets where people congregate will be closed during the high hours of risk which occur in the late evening.
4. Public and private transportation will be monitored so vehicles do not over over the maximum allowed capacity
5. Large social gatherings will be shut down and hosts will be fined/charged with putting public health at risk.
Carlos Joaquín González warned that they will do what it takes to save the greatest number of lives. “There is no small action, every effort is going to be reflected in the alert level.”
“The old normality no longer exists, economic reactivation must occur with the prevention measures that have been implemented, it is not optional,” concluded the governor.
Last week, Carlos Joaquín warned that the entire state is on the brink of a ‘Red Light’ warning level which will close all non-essential businesses. Visitors should keep in mind that tourism is considered an essential business in Cancun.
While the state is currently in crisis mode and cases are surging in Cancun, tourism has been deemed an essential service due to the large amount of the economy and the people in Cancun that depend on it. That would mean resorts, hotels and restaurants would remain open but at lower capacities.
Bars, clubs and discos could be forced to close if the state of Quintana Roo reverts to red.
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