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Cozumel restaurant closed for new normal noncompliance

Cozumel, Q.R. — A Cozumel restaurant/bar was shut by municipal authorities Saturday after an inspection found they were selling alcoholic beverages without being accompanied by food.

Under the new normal, officials began watching food establishments after their recent reopening, noting that they need to respect their operating license in addition to applying sanitary provisions. Businesses with alcohol licenses must sell food to patrons along with alcoholic beverages.

Island restaurant and cocktail bar La Estrellita was closed by authorities from the Ministry of Finance and Planning (Sefiplan) and the Department of Verification and Commercial Management Saturday afternoon for noncompliance.

Nellif Domínguez, coordinator for the Departamento de Verificación y Ordenamiento Comercial for the municipality of Cozumel stated that restaurants are under surveillance to verify that they comply with all New Normal rules, which includes serving food with alcohol, sanitary measures and respecting the current 30 percent capacity rate.