Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The governor of Quintana Roo has announced tighter restrictions for residents. The announcement came one day after several incidences of groups of people being removed from public places in violation of the state’s stay-at-home policy.
In a public address, state governor Carlos Joaquín says rules will be tightened to protect the population from the spread of Coronavirus, mentioning that while many are abiding by the stay-at-home rules, others are not and are compromising their health and that of their families.
He says that he has been in communication with experts to make the best decisions. With the arrival of the massive spread phase of the epidemic, it is necessary to apply more severe measures to save lives.
The governor said that he has made the firm decision to extreme social distancing, intensify hygiene measures, decrease vehicular traffic and restrict the mobility of people in cities. With regard to the restriction of personal mobility, only those who carry out essential activities, need to attend to health circumstances or go to stock up on products for the family, will be allowed to travel. Those who are traveling will be expected to buy food and supplies in stores closest to their homes.
Vehicle and pedestrian closures will be implemented on main avenues and streets through the installation of filters to limit internal mobility and travel between municipalities. Patrols and official vehicles will be exhorting the population to return to their homes so that they remain at home, he said adding that no meetings or congregations will be allowed.
All businesses deemed non-essential will be closed by officials. Personnel in businesses that remain open will be required to wear face masks. If they do not comply, they will be closed and sanctioned.
Next week, he will announce additional restrictions including the compulsory use of face masks to move around the streets, noting that Quintana Roo Police will be delivering mouth masks to help the population.