The funds that have been earmarked for the cultural and artistic celebrations of Cancun, for the first fifty years of its development, will now be used for strategies to contain the coronavirus.

This Monday marks half a century of Cancun’s inception as a resort.
And instead of the hustle and bustle and enthusiasm, the celebration takes place in this Caribbean city in an atmosphere of depression and pessimism caused by the Covid 19 crisis. Occupancy at the hotel is practically zero and the situation will not change until June.

Unfortunately, almost all of Cancun’s restaurant, nautical, and hotel businesses are paralyzed. The Hotel Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres reported an almost complete decline in occupancy last weekend, with just 2.7 percent of accommodation and 40,000 rooms being temporarily closed, in three locations north of the entity.

Mara Lezama, mayor of Benito Juárez city council, announced that funding that has been available to implement Cancun’s 50th anniversary cultural and artistic program will now be used to carry out sanitation measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the Mexican Caribbean.

And although the official did not specify the exact amount of these funds, she announced that 250,000 food pantries would be distributed across the municipality from state resources, and partly from the cost that was earmarked for the celebration in Cancun.

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