Mexico to Close Its Famous Mayan Ruins After Tourists Violate Mask Policy
The famous Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza will close over the Easter holiday.
"It is regrettable to see how undisciplined things have become," Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, acting police chief in Quintana Roo — a state that's home to hot spots like Tulum, Cancun, and Cozumel — said, the AP reported. He pointed to tourists as the worst offenders, saying "It was truly frustrating to see hundreds of people walking around without face masks."
Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans. Nowadays, it's Mexico's second-most visited archaeological site, typically drawing around two million visitors a year. The UNESCO World Heritage site is among the more popular day trips for visitors to Cancun, one of the limited vacation destinations open to U.S. travelers right now.
Mexican officials closed the Chichen Itza site in early 2020 as the world was shutting down borders and major attractions to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Chichen Itza reopened with capacity restrictions, temperature checks, and face mask requirements in September.