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While Cancun and Riviera Maya regress to orange, Cozumel will continue in yellow

Cozumel, Q.R. — Despite the epidemiological light rollback to orange for the northern portion of the state, the mayor of Cozumel says the island will continue to operate at a yellow level.

Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis says that thanks to favorable indicators, the island’s economic activities will carry on according to the criteria of the yellow epidemiological light next week.

His announcement was made a day after state Governor Carlos Joaquín González reported the northern region rollback. Joaquin says that for the week of January 25, the Cancun, Riviera Maya region will regress backward to an orange epidemiological light due to the number of increased Covid-19 cases.

Pedro Joaquín Delbouis says that although Cozumel will not follow in the color change, island residents are asked to continue respecting the state’s health safety and hygiene measures.

“Today, the three base indicators that govern the epidemiological light are hospital occupancy, in which we register an average of 10 percent, a reduced number of deaths, which since December and so far in January we have not had a significant increase, as well as a drop in positive cases detected daily, as is currently registered in Cozumel,” explained the mayor.

He added that given the island’s favorable indicators, he has requested that the island be excluded from the economic restrictions as outlined under the orange epidemiological light.

“For the moment, we will not have major restrictions. We will continue with the economic and tourist openings as we’ve had for the past few months, but we will intensify the supervision and inspection of businesses to ensure they continue to comply with protocols, the capacity limits in restaurants, among others,” he said.

Under the yellow, a majority of businesses can operate at a 60 percent capacity, however, under an orange light, that capacity is reduced to 30 percent.

Joaquín Delbouis also verified compliance with the sanitary protocols at the Navega Pier in Playa del Carmen. He also verified the operation of the filters where Cozumel personnel take temperatures, provide antibacterial gel and make passengers aware of the correct use of masks in order to ensure the health of both residents and visitors who cross to the island.