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City council vows zero tolerance after another shooting

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Municipal president of Solidaridad is warning businesses of a zero tolerance policy for those who have yet to install security cameras.

Solidaridad’s municipal president Cristina Torres Gómez says that the owners of bars and restaruants are expected to provide the necessary security for patrons with the installation of cameras as agreed in May. She says that security cameras need to be installed inside and outside of establishments.

The warning comes after another shooting at a bar in Playa del Carmen during the early morning hours of Monday. A man was shot and killed at La Jarra while he sat at a table.

City Council says they will also maintain a policy of zero tolerance to officials who by their act or omission, put at risk the safety of residents and tourists of Solidarity.

In a press conference, she announced the definitive removal of the prosecutor as well as of the element of the Tourist Police responsible for the area where the bar La Jarra is located, which she says, was operating illegally after hours. She stated that the closing time (last call) for downtown businesses is 3:00 a.m. with the establishment emptied by 4:00 a.m.

Any business that violates the regulations will be sanctioned, she said, adding “We are not against these places of leisure as long as they comply with the regulations.

“We’ll say this very straightforward. This is the moment to choose what kind of destination we want to have and whether we are all working toward security. Inside a commercial establishment we must also be working toward security, which is a priority of the owners of each of the establishments.”

She said that surveillance will be permanently maintained in establishments such as bars, discos and nightclubs in order to ensure the safety of the population, including tourists and visitors to our destination.

Municipal treasurer Asunción Ramírez Castillo asked owners to take the necessary measures to identify and detect people who carry a weapon upon entering their establishment as that represents a risk to customers and the general population.

“Security within the premises depends on the private sector. The only way for customers and employees to be effectively safe is to join concrete and forceful actions for security such as strict access control, internal video surveillance and absolute respect for schedules,” he added.

The city’s municipal comptroller, Ludwig Cárdenas Lugo, noted that the corresponding administrative procedures have been initiated, which means immediate dismissal for the patrols on duty that night.