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Tighter restrictions for Cancun residents after Capella calls Sunday tianguis “disaster”

Cancun, Q.R. — Tighter restrictions are in store for residents of Cancun after the head of security shared videos Sunday of streets filled with people shopping and lining up for food vendors.

Head of Public Security of Quintana Roo, Alberto Capella, posted videos on his social media from a Sunday drive through a popular tianguis area where people were out in full force shopping, while others were part of a long line waiting for a street food vendor.

Even with police patrolling and issuing bull-horn warnings for people to return home, citizens failed to take notice. Capella referred to the Sunday incident as a “disaster” from the lack of concern citizens are showing regarding the stay-at-home and healthy distance recommendations.

“I understand the great need to buy food and that these businesses continue to provide service. But why leave with entire families, especially with the elderly? Is there no way to understand that this multiplies the family risk of contagion?” he inquired.

Jorge Aguilar Osorio, secretary of city council, acknowledged the problem saying city council is considering implementing more drastic measures for citizens to heed the recommendations to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, admitting that citizens are ignoring the exhortations of authorities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are evaluating this already with Secretary Capella to see how we can put in place some severe measures so that the public understands that this is not a game,” he warned.

The municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun) has the most positive cases of the virus and remains the fastest-growing in the state with the latest (April 5) figures reported at 58, up from 45 two days before.