Mexican Union proposes tougher restrictions to reopen casinos

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The Entertainment Industry Union from the Mexican state Nuevo León has proposed stricter protocols in order to be able to reopen entertainment spaces, including casinos.

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, Governor Jaime Rodríguez ordered last December the closure of casinos, event venues, cinemas and other businesses from the entertainment industry.

Félix Coronado, technical secretary of the Union, told local media outlet Milenio that although they are aware that there’s a sanitary problem in Nueva León, they need to return to work to avoid businesses from permanently shutting down.

“[We are] concerned about the delicate health situation, but the economic issue is also very fragile. Just as lives are being lost due to the pandemic, many businesses are also being lost,” he said.

Additionally, Coronado asked for “a responsible reopening with modified protocols” that would need to be thoroughly followed. The secretary urged that entertainment venues open every day so employees can return to work.

Despite some businesses like discos and bars not following the rules when they were allowed to open in late 2020, Coronado said that the entertainment sector in general complied with the preventive protocols better than other industries.