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25 Cancun hotels fined for lack of emergency shelters

Cancun, Q.R. — Twenty five hotels in the Cancun Hotel Zone have been fined for failing to have or register their emergency shelters for guests.

In the midst of a very active hurricane season, authorities from Civil Protection randomly checked Cancun Hotel Zone hotels to find that 25 had either failed to register their shelters or simply didn’t have one prepared.

Benito Juárez Director of Civil Protection Luis Antonio Lomelín said that they decided to check hotels to ensure they had the necessary emergency shelters ready in the event they are needed. Having an emergency shelter also means having it registered with the state with an agreement for emergency transportation in case guests need to be relocated.

Each of the at-fault hotels were given varying fines which started at 88,000 peso. The hotels will be checked on again to ensure the emergency shelters are sufficient and registered with the state as required.

Antonio Lomelín explained that it’s not enough to simply have a space for emergencies, but a proper shelter that is registered. The shelter is only authorized after an inspection by Civil Protection, noting that first and foremost, hotels are responsible for their guests.