Quintana Roo Governor, Carlos Joaquin announced that the use of face masks in the state is now required by law. Travelers headed to the tourism hotspots of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen will need to follow the new laws requiring face masks to be worn in all public spaces.
On December 15th, the Governor stated “I decree the mandatory use of the mask from today in Quintana Roo.”
The Governor also added that gatherings of more than 10 people are also prohibited in the new laws effective immediately.
He even went as far as encouraging the public to report anyone that is not following the new laws and putting public health at risk.
“I invite you to report to 911, there will be fines and penalties for those who endanger health,” the Governor stated.
During the televised program, which was broadcast by the Quintana Roo Social Communication System, Governor Carlos Joaquín held a meeting with Dr. Carlos Castillo Salgado, Director of the John Hopkins Global Public Health Observatory.
Dr. Salgado stated that the use of face masks will help reduce contagion by up to 60%.
The new laws came after rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and a recent report that an event in Tulum called ‘Art With Me’ allegedly became a super spreader event. The news made headlines in the United States after a report said that nobody at the event was wearing masks and health protocols were ignored.
Although the U.S. Department of State has reduced the level 4 travel advisory to a level 3 advisory, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) upgraded their warning to a Level 4 ‘Very High Risk’.
The CDC states that Americans should ‘avoid all travel to Mexico.‘
Decreto el uso obligatorio del cubrebocas a partir de hoy en #QuintanaRoo. Las reuniones deberán ser familiares y de 10 personas máximo cuidando los hábitos. Los invito a denunciar al 911, habrá multas y sanciones para quien ponga en peligro la salud. #PonteVIVO pic.twitter.com/3K7BTxrF4Y— Carlos Joaquín (@CarlosJoaquin) December 16, 2020
Cancun remains the most popular destination for Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Cancun, it was reported that high risk neighborhoods showing increased community transmission included Gran Santa Fe II, Prado Norte, and in Playa del Carmen, the neighborhood of Ejidal was also included as high risk.
Quintana Roo has recorded 15,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1982 deaths while Mexico has a grand total of 1.27 million cases and 115,000 deaths.
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