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Tulum first to make public arrest for lack of mouth mask

Tulum, Q.R. — The city of Tulum has been the first to make a public arrest for a citizen failing to wear a mouth mask while in a public place.

The arrest took place in central Tulum Tuesday when elements of the Municipal Police arrived after seeing two young men taking photos. Only one was wearing a mouth mask. Police approached the second youth, asking if he had a mask to which he replied “no”. Police then offered him a mouth mask for free, which he declined saying he didn’t want it.

After refusing to wear a mouth mask, he was arrested and outfitted with a mask in the back of the police unit

The young man was then escorted to the nearby police unit where he was ushered in the back and outfitted with a mouth mask while being driven to police facilities. It is the first known public arrest of a citizen for failing to abide by the state’s mandatory health protocol of wearing a mouth mask when in a public place.

Quintana Roo Police are reminding citizens that an arrest of up to 36 hours and / or a fine can be applied to those failing to abide by the mandatory health protocols.

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