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Harsh restrictions return in Campeche as COVID cases rise

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Campeche, Mexico. Photo: Getty

Mexico’s first state to reach the epidemiological green light, and later to open schools, has slipped backward on the road to recovery.

Campeche announced a statewide suspension of various activities, new ehicle restrictions in certain areas, and a cap on alcohol sales.

A notable increase in coronavirus cases and deaths compelled authorities to bring the relatively sparsely populated state back to orange-level alerts, the same as neighboring Yucatán.

In-person classes, sporting events and access to cinemas, theaters and parks are all on hold, the state secretary of health, José Luis González Pinzón, announced on social media.

Nightclubs and events facilities, bars and cantinas are all closed.

Taxis will carry a maximum of two passengers per vehicle. Access to supermarkets is limited to one person per family. Hotels and lodging places will operate at 40% capacity and administrative offices with non-essential activities at 35%.

Shopping centers, restaurants and religious centers will operate at 25% capacity and beauty salons will be by appointment only.

Alcoholic beverages will be sold from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vehicle restrictions come into force on certain streets in the Campeche capital. Cars in the Centro Histórico will be banned from midnight to 5 a.m. and from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on two major thorofares, avenidas Luis Donaldo Colosio and Concordia.

In Ciudad del Carmen the malecón will be blocked to pedestrians overnight.

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