MEXICO CITY (AP) — In Mexico, beach towns have begun blocking off roads — in some cases, constructing barricades of rubble across roadways — to seal themselves off from the outside world in a bid to stop the new coronavirus from entering.
The Gulf of California beach town of Puerto Peñasco announced Friday that two of three highways leading into the town would be closed, and anyone entering would be subject to an enforced 12-day quarantine. The only people who can enter are residents of the seaside town also known as Rocky Point.
“Nobody who is not a resident of Peñasco will be allowed to enter; relatives, friends, tourists and people from outside will be prohibited from entering, in order to avoid possible contagion,” said Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro.
Oscar Castro, the town’s health director, acknowledged that residents cannot, by law, be banned from leaving, or returning; but if they decide to return, they’ll be quarantined.
Castro said Puerto Peñasco currently has no coronavirus cases, and officials want to keep it that way. Puerto Peñasco has a strictly enforced curfew.
Many such towns lack the health care resources to deal with a big surge in cases, and they can see what has already happened in heavily touristed areas: Mexico’s highest per-capita infection rate is in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo, home to resorts like Cancun.
Further south in the Pacific coast beach town of Rincon de Guayabitos, video posted on social media showed dump trucks piling huge mounds of construction rubble across a highway leading into town to prevent tourists from entering.
In the nearby beach community of Sayulita, residents posted videos of themselves at informal, vigilante-style roadblocks, turning back visitors’ cars.
That came after Nayarit Gov. Antonio Echeverria launched a harsh verbal attack on tourists from the bigger neighboring state of Jalisco, blaming them for “their irresponsible presence… some even come when they are infected.”
more recommended stories
Valet parking worker gets shot at Tulum restaurant
A valet parking worker was shot.
Protesters show up at informative public meeting regarding the Maya Train Project in Mérida
On Friday, May 13th, civil groups,.
Renán Barrera seeks to attract projects from countries members of the European Community
“The best way to promote economic.
Homicides and extortions unstoppable in Acapulco, Mexico
With information from Alina Navarrete Fernández/Correspondent / Latinus.
Tragedy in Tixpéhual, Yucatan; once again a young man takes his own life in this town
On Wednesday, May 11th, a 24-year-old.
Yucatan is present at the Binational Summit of Prosecutors in the United States
The flow of illicit merchandise, human.
Moisés Poot Tun is the pride of Hunucmá!
Shoes, bags, key rings, belts, earrings,.
Yucatecan mother demands her son to be transferred due to constant school bullying
Mother denounces bullying in Kinchil elementary.
Yucatan prepares for the start of the hurricane season
The facilities of the Ninth Military.
Ladder found while cleaning the bottom of the famous Zací cenote in Valladolid
The famous Zací cenote in Valladolid,.