Edgar Gasca Arceo, a local congressman, declared that the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) in Quintana Roo is being called upon to exercise greater vigilance in the municipality of Tulum, where "it seems that the COVID-19 does not exist".
He insisted that the risk is not for the tourists, but for all the workers of the municipality who are exposed to the contagion, since the corresponding operations are not being carried out to verify that the minimum sanitary protocols are being complied with, since it is common to see people in the streets without wearing masks.
It is worth remembering that even the general secretary of the Tulum City Hall, Enrique Rodríguez Luna, justified that it was the tourists who were not complying with the established sanitary protocols, however, in businesses such as restaurants and bars, this is not being done either. It is already common in Tulum to have clandestine parties where the capacity of the spaces that are used is not even limited.
The legislator mentioned that it is important to continue complying with the sanitary protocols throughout the state, because if the cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, the epidemiological traffic light would have to go backwards, which would again represent the closing of businesses and aggravate the already existing economic crisis.
Tulum with the highest disuse of masks in the north of Quintana Roo
Personnel from the Coordination of Civil Protection in Quintana Roo travel through maritime terminals and points in the northern zone, among them Tulum, to ensure compliance with sanitary measures, having detected in that city the highest rates of disrespect to the main barrier to contagion, such as the use of the mask.
As a result of the operations, they have detected that it is in Tulum where this essential sanitary safety measure is less observed by Mexicans and foreigners. The monitoring carried out in the last weeks, on the main avenue of Tulum, shows that eight out of 10 people do not wear a mask, and this occurs both among visitors and among the population residing there.
Upon detecting this activity, which goes against sanitary protocols, they give a mask to those who do not have it, but despite accepting it, a few steps later, they take it away. The supervision is extended to all points where there is a concentration of a large number of people so that they comply with the sanitary measures for the prevention of COVID-19.
They maintain permanent operations in the Northern Zone of the state, to carry out containment work against COVID-19, and to avoid reaching the red color in the epidemiological semaphore, due to the number of visitors that arrive there. They have punctual attention in Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam, monitoring the compliance of sanitary measures, the healthy distance, and other prevention protocols, besides avoiding the consumption of food inside the boats.
Closure of Cobá archaeological site in Tulum due to COVID-19
The archaeological zone of Cobá in the municipality of Tulum will close its doors again due to the detection of an outbreak of COVID-19, the closure will be for an indefinite period of time, according to a press release from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
For security reasons and according to sanitary dispositions for the prevention of COVID-19 disease contagion, the archaeological site of Cobá, in the state of Quintana Roo, closes its doors to public visitation starting this Wednesday, August 11th' indicated the federal agency.
The Ministry of Culture and INAH ask visitors not to visit these archeological vestiges in Tulum, until notice is given that conditions are safe for their reopening, by means of another communiqué; the archeological zone is located within the ejido with the same name.
On July 29th, the Mayan ruins were closed to the public when a case of COVID-19 was reported to a staff member, the decision was taken to avoid the spread of the virus among staff and visitors to the archaeological site.