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Playa del Carmen among regular offenders as state rolls back to orange and mobility restrictions reimplemented

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — In the last week, several parties have been ended by authorities who say large gatherings are still illegal. Due to the ongoing covid pandemic and the recent increase in infections, large gatherings around the state remain prohibited, a legality that has not stopped some from hosting anyway.

Javier Francisco Toledo Alvarado, coordinator of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) said during the past week, inspectors suspended seven large gatherings, four of which, were in Playa del Carmen.

“In Playa del Carmen we have suspended four parties in the last week (…) these parties were found some on the outskirts of the city, three of them, and one in the center of the city,” explained Toledo Alvarado.

The Cofepris representative said that those responsible for throwing the parties have been fined, adding that so far this year, more than 50 have been shut down between Playa del Carmen and Tulum alone.

The recent illegal get-togethers were closed the same week the governor announced an epidemiological rollback to orange.

“We worked in conjunction with the three orders of government in the mandatory use of face masks. We were vigilant that sanitary standards were met, however in the end there were international and nationals visitors and this is what could have made the influence.”

“As for us, we have been ensuring that sanitary regulations are met, ensuring that there are no crowds,” said Toledo Alvarado.

State Cofepris head Miguel Pino Murillo said that already this year, more than 500 companies in the state’s 11 municipalities have been fined for non-compliance with health protocols. He said that the main incidents include entering establishments without mouth covers, not respecting healthy distance, as well as not respecting the allowed capacity established by epidemiological lights.

The rollback is due to an increase in covid infections around the state which will see business occupation rates decreased and mobility restrictions increased. Both the northern and southern regions will be in the orange for the week starting May 3.