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Nearly 2,000 minors turned away over weekend trying to enter Cancun bars

Cancun, Q.R. — As spring break nears, government officials are cracking down on minors trying to enter drinking establishments around the city of Cancun.

Over the weekend, officials prevented almost 2,000 underage partygoers from entering drinking establishments in the Cancun Hotel Zone and in the downtown region.

Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, director of Inspection, explained that on Friday they prevented the entry of 780 minors into bars, while on Saturday there were more than 1,200 rejected for being underage.

“They are minors who wanted to enter different places in the hotel and downtown area, bars and nightclubs, where in addition to alcohol consumption, they can be at the starting point for other vices,” the official said.

“The operative is making sure, during the spring break, Easter and high season, minors are kept out” said Mariscal de la Selva.

The ongoing operation is part of the the Federal Commission for Prevention in conjunction with Health Risks (Cofepris), Civil Protection and Commerce in Public Roads. Underage drinking and drug use is a growing problem in the state.