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Fines, arrests for not wearing masks now legal in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — Modifications to a law will now allow authorities to be able to fine anyone not complying with municipal health requirements such as healthy distancing and the wearing of a mouth mask in public.

Modifications to the Bando de Policía y Buen Gobierno de Benito Juárez in the Periódico Oficial del Estado was made official over the weekend, now enabling authorities to hand out fines for those found in noncompliance.

The agreement, which was approved July 16, empowers municipal authorities to arrest and fine people based on the modifications made in section XII of article 537 for “not complying with the commandments and recommendations of the competent authorities in cases of epidemics, pandemics, health emergencies or those that result from natural disasters.”

With this, municipal authorities may impose a fine of up to 3,475 pesos and/or an arrest of up to 36 hours in the Municipal Retention Center (El Torito).

Issac Janix Alanís, Secretary General of the Benito Juárez City Council confirmed that the eight agencies in charge of monitoring compliance have already presented their action protocols to those who fail to comply with the sanitary measures intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As of Sunday, the city of Cancun had recorded more than 3,500 positive cases of Covid-19 and 663 deaths.

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