Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum to face greater restrictions
Governor Pedro Joaquin announced new protective measures
After more than a month of rising numbers, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin expressed his displeasure with those who continue to congregate in large numbers at Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and other towns. During an interview with Radio Fórmula, Joaqun González expressed his displeasure with the large crowds that gathered for political campaign closings and celebrations in general, including the recent soccer tournament.
During the interview, he stated that despite rising coronavirus numbers, the state will maintain an orange epidemiological light. He explained that this was possible because of the low hospital occupancy rates of covid patients, which he noted remained below 25% across the state.
According to the governor, covid-related deaths in the state have also “been at low levels,” but it is critical to increase infection-prevention measures. In a speech on Monday, he detailed additional measures and restrictions that went into effect on June 1.
The additional measures, which will include fines for health violations as well as additional road closures, are intended to slow the spread of the virus.
“Let us avoid the confinement that occurred in 2020,” he said. “What we do will be reflected in the coming weeks,” he added, urging everyone to respect the state’s health measures and emphasizing the dangers to people’s health and the state’s economy.
During his speech, he announced that beginning June 1st, additional road restrictions would be implemented in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, limiting vehicle traffic. Greater vigilance will be maintained over public transportation units, including capacity quotas and the implementation of health protocols.
He also stated that ferries will be subjected to the same level of scrutiny, that full sanitation will be required in between runs, and that mouth masks must be worn for the duration of the trip.
As of Tuesday, all businesses in the northern region must close by 11:00 p.m., he said, adding that those who remain open risk having their license revoked. Other measures to prevent further infection increases include a request for the suspension of mass political acts and the vaccination of all tourist personnel, both of which are still being negotiated, he explained.
With information from Radio Fórmula