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Officials in Cancun have announced they will be fining people that refuse to wear masks or follow health protocols up to $200.

According to the Riviera Maya Times, Members of the Benito Juárez City Council unanimously approved the proposal from municipal president Mara Lezama Espinosa, which includes fines of between $40 and $200.

Cancun beaches

The violation of health and safety protocols regarding Covid-19 will now be considered a crime in the resort city. 

The new guidelines instituted by the Government will make crimes against public health including violations of social distancing and facial coverings punishable by fines.

mexico beach and resort tower

Municipal Councilor Humberto Aldana Navarro said the decision was made after residents and tourists ignored  instructions from authorities about methods of controlling the spread of covid-19.

Aerial view of Cancun beach

Earlier this week, officials announced facial coverings in public would be mandatory in the municipality of Tulum with strict punishments imposed on those who violate the order, including fines of around $400 or 36 hours of jail time.

Federal authorities in Mexico are also preparing to announce a new set of protocols for the country’s beaches during the ongoing pandemic.

Facemasks on beach

(Image: CBS Boston)

Mexico has confirmed 338,913 cases of covid-19 resulting in 38,888 deaths since the pandemic began according to John Hopkins University.

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