Clandestine parties persist in Tulum

Tulum has closed 60 massive gatherings so far this year; citizen complaints are fundamental to be able to locate them in a timely manner.

Clandestine parties persist in Tulum
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Despite the fact that they represent a risk of COVID-19 infection, clandestine parties are a constant in municipalities in the northern part of the State, where the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) has already closed down 60 of them.

Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are the municipalities where more clandestine parties have been closed and audio and lighting equipment has been seized. So far during the COVID-19 health contingency, 60 clandestine events have been shut down in the central zone of Quintana Roo, which includes Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel.

The head of COFEPRIS in the central zone of the state, Francisco Javier Toledo Alvarado, emphasized that they have been forced to apply a "hard hand" against the people who organize this type of celebrations. He regretted that, in spite of the permanent calls from the health authorities, events continue to be held, mostly musical, where the constant is the agglomeration of people.

During the last week alone, four establishments were closed down where, in a clandestine manner, events were held in which even minors participated. Javier Toledo commented that these types of events are called through social networks, although on many occasions the location, date and time are not specified, t to prevent the authorities from monitoring them and closing them down.

Only those interested who contact the organizers privately are provided with the details of the date and location where these clandestine meetings are held. However, he emphasized that COFEPRIS carries out permanent operations, managing to detect events in non-visible places, although on other occasions they are located thanks to citizen complaints.

When an event of this type is located, the administrative procedure is carried out so that it can be concluded at that moment, for this reason he asked for the cooperation of the citizens so that they can be denounced in a timely manner.