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Delbouis enforces beach closures after Cozumel records first positive SARS-CoV-2 cases

Cozumel, Q.R. — “By orders of the federal government and in accordance with the health alert in the state of Quintana Roo, I have issued instructions that as of today, all the beaches of Cozumel are closed as part of the strategy to reinforce the call of citizens to remain in their homes and close the front to the coronavirus on the island.”

The announcement was made by municipal president Pedro Joaquín Delbouis after a virtual meeting with government officials and the confirmation of two positive SARS-CoV-2 cases for Cozumel.

This measure, expressed Joaquín Delbouis, was made during a virtual meeting with the head of state public security, along with citizen protection of the federal government and other municipal presidents and representatives of the tourist municipalities around the state.

“With the support of the National Guard and the Navy, all beachgoers and people using boats are going to go home. We are not on vacation, we are in a pandemic and it is of utmost importance that they abide by the measures for their safety and that of everyone,” he said.

Pedro Joaquín Delbouis confirmed that five hotels with fewer than 20 guests each continue to operate in Cozumel, however, there is an increase in the number of people in vacation houses.

“In the vacation houses we have an increase in accommodation since many people chose to go through the quarantine on the island and are abiding by the restrictions of movement, safety and sanitary measures implemented in the destination to close the path to this disease,” he explained.

He says they have joined the measure implemented by the federal government to close all beaches, in which he now urges the people of Cozumel to stay in their homes.

On Thursday evening, new figures for the state of Quintana Roo resulted in a rise in positive cases, with an increase in both Benito Juarez and Solidaridad as well as two positive SARS-CoV-2 cases for Cozumel, the island’s first.