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Road restrictions in place for Cancun, Riviera Maya as state attempts to control rise in covid infections

Cancún, Q.R. — Street closures in the form of sanitary filters have been installed along numerous roadways in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The road closures are part of the strategy to control the mobilization of residents and the rise of covid infections being recorded in the state.

Lucio Hernández, head of the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) announced the installation of the sanitary filters and closure of selected streets and avenues from midnight to 5:00 a.m. in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

In a press conference, Hernández reported that at night, strict surveillance will be maintained at focal points to contain the presence of people who are not carrying out essential activities. Those found out will be asked to return home.

He also said additional monitoring is being conducted in public meeting places as well as clubs and bars and entertainment venues to ensure operating hours and capacities are not exceeded. Other authorities will be placing additional emphasis on public transportation.

In Cancun, avenues López Portillo with Rehoyada, López Portillo with Torcasita and Chichen Itzá with Tulum are some of the main lines that will be restricted. In Playa del Carmen, 28 de Julio avenue with boulevard, from east to west, 30 avenue with Juárez avenue from west to east and 10 avenue from Benito Juárez avenue to CTM avenue will be restricted.

As for Tulum, a total closure will apply in the hotel zone and on Centauro Avenue. Hernández said that both national and international tourists are asked to respect the health measures put into place to help avoid additional increases in covid figures.

The announcement of the road restrictions was made at the same time as an update to the state’s coronavirus statistics. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, General Director of Epidemiology reported that across the country, Mexico has seen a 0.7 percent increase in covid cases in the past 14 days.

He added that Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Tabasco and Baja California Sur are four states of Mexico that are showing an upward trend of the virus, while Tamaulipas is presenting a plateau or stagnation in the last week.

Authorities have not said how long the road restrictions in any of the municipalities will last.