Cancun, Q.R. — A total of 32 establishments have been either closed or fined in the Cancun Hotel Zone for serving alcohol to minors, a problem that continues to grow.
Benito Juárez Director of Inspection, Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, said that already this year they have found more than 50,000 under aged children either inside or trying to enter Cancun Hotel Zone establishments.
He explained that the under aged kids try to get into restaurants, bars and nightclubs where they are likely to be served alcohol. He says that during last month, they identified 5,000 minors either inside clubs or standing in lines at night to enter these establishments.
The director explained that they are working with other directors, Paula Villanueva and Eric Arcila from the Foundation for Education in Quintana Roo, to better advance citizen behavior when it comes to promoting the consumption of alcohol as a fun form of entertainment.
He notes that in the city’s center and the Hotel Zone in particular, the consumption of alcohol is promoted for both locals and visitors without regard for a responsible age limit. This promotion has led to constant operations being implemented, particularly on weekends and during holidays, where they find adolescents trying to enter these businesses.
Mariscal de la Selva, says that places caught serving alcohol to minors are subject to fines and possible closure. Since the beginning of the year, eight of the establishments have been caught for repeat offences.
Fines for seving minors start at 76,000 peso and the risk of losing the operating license. The most hefty fine handed out this year was for more than 320,000 peso.
In June of this year, congressman Emilio Salazar Farías of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), proposed to amend the General Health Law, raising the legal drinking age to 21 from the current age of 18.