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By KELIN DILLON

In Mexico City’s upscale Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, a party with over 100 attendees was broken up by authorities early in the morning of Sunday, Dec. 14, for violating citywide mandates on large gatherings. 

In a video uploaded to social media, the partygoers were seen being forced out of an illegally operated basement venue at Palmas 810 by officials at 12:25 a.m.

Almost none of the guests recorded in the video were wearing a mask, adding to their list of covid-related indiscretions. 

Patricia Ruiz Anchondo, head of the Social Prosecutor’s Office of Mexico City (Prosoc), had previously stated that a further dialogue between the government and city inhabitants needs to take place before imparting sanctions over social-distancing violations.

Sunday morning’s transgressions, however, required more pressing action.

The group was immediately taken to Civic Court, where each attendee was fined 8,688 pesos in accordance with the new regulations against parties announced by Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo last week. If anyone in the group is caught violating covid restrictions again, the fine against them will double to 17,376 pesos. 

Two other parties were reportedly shut down in the wealthy delegation of Miguel Hidalgo early on Sunday morning, in Colonias Polanco and Lomas Hermosa, for also having too many people and violating social-distancing mandates. 

Many of the reported illegal gatherings have taken place in the more affluent areas of Mexico City, perhaps indicating that those with the money to pay fines are less deterred by them.

The blatant disregard of the rules laid out for inhabitants of the capital stand in stark contrast to the rising number of hospitalizations within it. Mexico City’s Public Health Secretariat said, as of Monday, Dec. 14, that general hospital occupancies were at 83 percent in the capital, and the State of Mexico (Edoméx) were reportedly at 71 percent. 

The reported case numbers have only been trending upwards in recent weeks, with December having the largest amount of covid hospitalizations Mexico City has seen in months. 

Mexico is currently ranked as the country with the fourth-highest coronavirus-related deaths worldwide.

Sheinbaum has repeatedly said that citizens of Mexico City must follow social-distancing regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus and refrain from throwing parties. If illegal gatherings like last weekend’s continue, the future of Mexico’s recovery could be vastly impaired.

Persons violating Mexico City’s covid-19 gathering restirctions can be reported by calling 55-5128-5220.

…Dec 15, 2020

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