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Canirac says 30 percent of Cozumel restaurants permanently shut

Cozumel, Q.R. — At least 30 percent of the restaurants affiliated with the National Restaurant Chamber (Canirac) on Cozumel have not reopened due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

María Josefa Castillo, representative of Cozumel Cámara Nacional de la Industria Restaurantera y Alimentos Condimentados (Canirac) explained that the biggest challenge for the restaurant industry has been the limited tourism.

Josefa Castillo said the limited tourism combined with sanitary restrictions of only four diners per table has not been enough to maintain operating and employee costs, resulting in the gradual closing of some eateries.

María Josefa Castillo stressed that the restaurants that continue to operate have had to struggle to stay in the market, while supporting employees in the midst of the health emergency. Her announcement came days after Juan Carlos Hernández Cabrera of Canirac Playa del Carmen reported nine more restaurants in Playa del Carmen permanently closed due to the ongoing Covid epidemic.

Hundreds of eateries between Cancun and Playa del Carmen have shut their doors due to the ongoing economic crisis.