Mexico closes Yucatan tourist site due to surge in maskless visitors

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Mexico closes Yucatan tourist site due to surge in maskless visitors


Mexico has closed a Yucatan Ruins tourist site due to an increase in unmasked visitors, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities are closing the Chichén Itzá Maya ruin site from April 1-4 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the AP reported.

The media outlet noted that the temple complex typically attracts 1.8 million tourists per year.

Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, acting police chief of the state of Quintana Roo, told the AP that it was “regrettable” to see how things had deteriorated in the region.

“It’s unfortunate how unruly things have become,” he told AP. “It was really frustrating to see hundreds of people walking around without face masks. ”

He added that tourists were the “worst offenders”.

AP also reported that the multi-day crucifixion of Jesus Christ ceremony will be held in Mexico City without spectators for the second year in a row, citing the risk of a pandemic.

The news comes a day after Mexico passed 200,000 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, according to Reuters.

An account of Johns Hopkins University puts the nation’s death toll at 200,211 as of Friday afternoon.

Mexico’s death toll follows Brazil, which has recorded 303,462 deaths, and the United States, which has recorded 546,822 deaths.

Mexico has recorded more than 2.2 million coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic.



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