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Cancun votes in favor of fining those not wearing mouth masks in public

Cancún, Q.R. — The Cabildo de Benito Juárez has voted in favor of fines for those found not complying with emergency heath protocols. The city council meeting voted in favor of fining anyone found not wearing mandatory mouth masks while in public.

Cancun mayor Mara Lezama says that the meeting and subsequent vote came after requests from responsible citizens who have asked the authority to be more energetic in the control of the Coronavirus pandemic, “more energetic, but within the framework of the law and respect for human rights, so now, there is a legal basis to act,” she said.

The fines can be as high as 4,000 peso. She explained that now in Article 537, it is indicated that a fine of 10 to 50 days of the minimum wage can be applied for “not complying with the commandments and recommendations of the competent health authorities in cases of epidemics, pandemics or those resulting from natural disasters.”

Similar actions have been taken in other municipalities where authorities will have the legal right to sanction those who fail to comply with the mandatory health protocols. Last week, Governor Carlos Joaquín González warned that there would be sanctions for those who incur civil disobedience on preventive measures, such as wearing a mask.