Due to an increase in Covid-19 transmissions, Governor Carlos Joaquin has added additional restrictions for Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
While Covid related deaths have been lower in recent weeks, the Governor felt it was crucial to increase safety measures in order to prevent further infection. “It is very disheartening to see people gathering in masses and infection rates increasing. So, at this time we will be implementing further restrictions while maintaining an orange epidemiological light.” The governor explained in a recent interview with Radio Fórmula.
Cancun will maintain an orange light status due to the overall hospital occupancy rates for Covid patients being under 25% across the state.
This is good news despite the recent spike in transmissions, which the Governor attributed to mass gatherings, sports and political campaigns.
On Monday (5/24) the Governor laid out in detail the restrictions being implemented as of June 1. From additional road closures, fines and reduced hours for businesses, these restrictions are intended to slow down the spread of the virus.
“How we handle these restrictions will significantly impact our progress with battling the pandemic. The last thing we want is to go back into quarantine like 2020. Please respect all health measures put in place to protect the long term health of our people and our economy.” He said.
As of June 1st 2021, there will be a higher level of monitoring and enforcing for prevention protocols in businesses, roadways, ferries and other means of public transportation. Additional roadways will be closed and businesses in the northern region must close by 11:00pm. Those who fail to comply will face greater fines and businesses could potentially have their licenses revoked.
Negotiations are still being made for measures such as Covid-19 vaccinations for all tourism personnel as well as potential suspension for events like mass political gatherings. Governor Carlos Joaquin encourages everyone to be vigilant with all prevention protocols put in place and to stay positive as we work together to rise above this global pandemic.
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Dennis G Mahood
Wednesday 2nd of June 2021
I'm glad my wife an I cancelled until next year.