New rules and fines as coronavirus spread continues in Yucatán

Breaking curfew in Yucatán could cost driers 5,000 pesos and their license. Photo: Sipse

Reflecting increasing alarm about coronavirus trends in Yucatán, health authorities imposed new fines for curfew violators.

But state officials also elected to keep Yucatán under orange alert rather than backtrack into a red-level lockdown.

Another 143 new cases were reported and public hospitalizations were at 220 — nine more since Monday — while 10 patients died in the past 24 hours.

Anyone caught on the road past the 11:30 p.m. curfew risks fines up to 5,000 pesos and seizure of their driver’s license, officials further announced.

Progreso’s beaches and malecón was also closed to the pedestrians and motorists between Feb. 4 and 17. Restaurants along the promenade will be allowed to operate, however.

Money collected through fines will be allocated to protective equipment for doctors, nurses and other health workers who treat COVID-19 patients.

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