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Officials suspend 37 businesses for failing to comply with health protocols

Cancun, Q.R. — A total of 37 businesses were suspended by federal authorities for failing to comply with the state’s mandatory health protocols. The 37 businesses were suspended over the weekend by the Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Solidaridad and Tulum.

The state director of Cofepris, Miguel Pino said that the suspended businesses could be fined up to 160,000 peso for failing to comply with Coronavirus health protocols, adding that the businesses, located mostly in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, did not comply with hygiene and health safety regulations, which put guests at risk.

The 37 businesses were suspended for failing to comply with hygiene and health standards during Día de los Muertos celebrations. Non-compliance for abiding by the current maximum capacity allowed in addition to ensuring healthy distance, taking temperatures and the use of antibacterial gel and face masks lead to their suspensions.

“37 businesses have been suspended so far for failing to comply with the protocols and guidelines on COVID. Let us remember that mass parties and events are prohibited, and that every business must comply with the capacity, the healthy distance, the sanitary filter, and the use of protective equipment,” he said.

Carlos Orvañanos Rea, General Coordinator of Communication of the Government of the State of Quintana Roo said “without a doubt a tougher arm will come because although we are in favor of economic reactivation, the important thing is to do it in an orderly and responsible manner.

“For those who fail to comply or repeat this behavior, the sanction will even go up to the suspension of the operating license, but that is a municipal issue,” he said noting that they are currently working with local governments to strengthen operations and avoid an outbreak that would result in a setback in the epidemiological light.

One of the businesses shut was a beach club in Tulum. The Vagalume-Tulum bar was shut after hosting a 200-person event where gunfire erupted leaving two dead and three injured.