Mexico complains of mask-less tourists, closes ruin site

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula complained on Friday about tourists not wearing face masks, as Mexico braces for a surge of Easter Week visitors. The acting police chief of the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo patrolled the streets of the resort of Tulum, reminding people to wear their masks and complaining about how few people did.

“It is regrettable to see how undisciplined things have become,” said Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez. “It was truly frustrating to see hundreds of people walking around without face masks,” noting that tourists were the worst offenders.

“It really is embarrassing that we have to get to this point, of asking people (to wear masks), when we should be conscious of the risks we face,” he said. Federal authorities have decided to close the Chichén Itzá Maya ruin site in neighbouring Yucatan state from April 1-4 to avoid the possible spread of coronavirus.

Tourists, some wearing masks and others not, at the Mayan ruins of Tulum in Quintana Roo state, Mexico, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO: AP