Last updated on January 26, 2021
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The head of the Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks says that despite the fact public Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches remain closed, there has been an influx of people who irresponsibly expose themselves to the multiplication of infections.
Miguel Pino Murillo, head of la Comisión Federal contra Riesgos Sanitarios in the state explained that now that thousands of businesses have been health verified for their gradual reopening, he warned that surveillance will be tightened to prevent local access to beaches.
The official commented that despite the fact that the beaches and public spaces are closed, dozens of citizens were seen on Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal shores and public parks. He says it is regrettable and irresponsible on part of these people that these health measures are not respected in the face of the contagions that continue to multiply in cities such as Cancún and Chetumal.
For this reason, he warned that there will be new restrictive surveillance to avoid repeating these events, and thus, avoid the increase in state Covid-19 figures.
The announcement comes at the same time as the Cancun Hotel Association justified the beach restriction lifting for tourists, but not local residents. People who are either hotel guests or who pay a hotel for a day pass, can access the federal public beach areas.
Simón Levy-Dabbah, the previous Undersecretary of Planning and Tourism Policy of Mexico, has rejected the “privatization” and urged his former dependency to intervene after Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the Cancun Hotel Association, defended the current beach closures to locals while they remain open to tourists since the beaches are “the reason (they come) to the city.”
What is that about wanting to defend “tourism” when there is no tourism today and thus prevent Mexicans from using the beaches?
Stop stirring atole with your finger.
Silence is simulation.
The tourism policy of @SECTUR_mx is mandate is to serve Mexicans, not hoteliers.
On social media, Simón Levy stressed that “the beaches of Mexico belong to all Mexicans.” He added that the hotel association will not be allowed to decide on the beaches, since they are not “owners of the country.” He also called on Sectur to serve the country and not only the interests of hotels.