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Mayor of Chiquilá says town in complete isolation, no access to Holbox

Chiquilá-Holbox, Q.R. — Nobody leaves and nobody enters as the mayor announces a complete isolation period for 15 days. The community of Chiquilá will remain totally isolated for 15 days beginning May 7, which means no access to the island of Holbox.

Valerio Domínguez Mayoral, mayor of Chiquilá says the isolation period is due to community residents fearing the spread of coronavirus. He says during the isolation period, only essential personnel will be permitted to enter to attend to an emergency, both in that port and on the nearby island of Holbox.

He warned that residents have two days to stock up on everything they can since on Thursday, no one will be able to leave or enter the community. Domínguez Mayoral says that basic product suppliers will be able to enter Chiquilá and / or move to the island of Holbox, but with all the preventive sanitary measures. Upon completing store refills, they will have to leave the community immediately.

Domínguez Mayoral says he regrets reaching this decision, but argued that there are already cases in nearby Kantunilkin and “we do not want to expose people to the contagion, so they will be totally isolated for 15 days to try and preserve the health of the inhabitants,” he said.

“With this measure we do not lose anything since there is no tourism, but we do gain a lot which is to avoid contagion of the coronavirus with our people. Now, the most important thing is to protect our families, that’s why we made the decision to isolate ourselves from the rest of the municipality in the next 15 days,” the official reiterated.

To date, the towns of Chiquilá and Holbox, which are in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, have recorded only four positive cases and zero deaths.