Two bars have been shut down in Tulum for serving tourists during the restricted hours set out by the state of Quintana Roo. The Governor announced the new measures last week to control the surge in Covid-19 infections.
According to Alfonso Bastos Flores, head of the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), the establishments of La Malinche and Shiva were shut down between the hours of 12:00 am and 12:30 am. Under the new restrictions all business in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum must close by 11:00 pm.
“Between 12:00 and 12:30 at night they continued working, the second establishment that was suspended, had people still consuming at 12:30 am,” Bastos Flores reported.
The Head of Cofepris said that there will be increased patrols over the weekend due to the upcoming election and will continue to stay in place until infections drop and the state removes the new business hour restrictions.
“These operations remain permanently, we will continue to do them and even more inspections will be implemented this weekend on the issue of the elections,” he said.
Last week the Governor pleaded with the public to help stop the spread of Covid-19 infection in Quintana Roo. The state is the only one in Mexico that is seeing a trend upward.
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.
As of June 1st 2021, a higher level of monitoring and enforcing for prevention protocols in businesses, roadways, ferries and other means of public transportation began. Additional roadways were closed and businesses in the northern region including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum must close by 11:00pm. Those who fail to comply will face greater fines and businesses could potentially have their licenses revoked.
Secretary of Health for Quintana Roo, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo said that the state which is home to the tourism hotspot of Cancun, will not close due to the third wave of infections. Despite the latest surge of infections within tourism hotspots, Alejandra Crespo insisted the situation would stabilize in the coming weeks.
“Quintana Roo is not going to close. What Quintana Roo is doing is strengthening health and safety protocols so that both national and international visitors can continue their vacations, and their stay in the state in a safe way,” she said.
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