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Isla Mujeres authorities shut down water activities, invite people to stay home

Isla Mujeres, Q. R. — The municipal government of Isla Mujeres has begun implementing additional measures to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Over the weekend, personnel from the Harbor Authority and Civil Protection of Isla Mujeres undertook a tour of island beaches with the goal of preventing tourist and recreational vessels from anchoring.

At the same time, other municipal and federal officials were out visiting beaches and other public spaces encouraging people to stay at home to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) the official name given to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Merced Ortiz Maya, director of Civil Protection pointed out that the Port Captaincy issued a circular ordering that the departure of vessels for tourism, minor recreational activities and sports be denied, adding that the denial includes Mexican and foreign vessels for private and recreational purposes.

“We have the firm commitment from the municipal president Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to double efforts to preserve public health in the municipality. We are working hand-in-hand with the Port Captaincy for the health of the municipality, and we continue to invite people to stay in their homes. It is not a vacation. Tourist and recreational navigation is restricted. We are facing a health alert,” said Ortiz Maya.

Jaime Ongay Ortiz, general director of Public Security explained that they have been touring island beaches and public spaces, inviting sun bathers and pedestrians to return to their homes and thus contribute to the government actions being taken in the face of the world situation.

Ortiz Maya clarified that free movement is not being restricted to anyone, but rather that “the population is kindly invited to contribute to preventing the spread and contagion of the virus in the municipality” adding that it is everyone’s obligation to comply with preventive measures in the face of this global health alert.