Grim Reaper Stalks Quintana Roo Sunbathers

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Photo credit: @migue_vargas via Twitter.

Death walks the beach in Puerto Morelos, sometimes hanging out on the lifeguard perch, other times stalking tourists along the boardwalk. 

The self-proclaimed COVID vigilante in a Grim Reaper getup patrols the beaches of Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, confronting visitors flouting coronavirus measures.

Clad head to toe in a skeleton suit and wielding a makeshift scythe, the death impersonator has been surprising sunbathers on the beach and at the town’s famous marina boardwalk with demands to pack up and go home – or at least take more precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 like wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.

The vigilante’s admonitions haven't always gone smoothly. While some sightseers thank him for his concern, others ignore or insult him, locals say.

Quintana Roo, a state of approximately 1.5 people, has recorded 8,680 cases of the coronavirus, with 1,389 new cases reported in the last seven days, according to the   New York Times.

Mexico implemented a traffic light system based on the amount of Covid-19 infections in a given municipality which guides states to when they could reopen for tourism.

Although the region reopened to tourism at the beginning of JUN, it remains at the orange level on the stoplight map, which means facilities like hotels, hotel beaches, restaurants, historic sites, theme parks and golf courses can operate, but at 30% of normal capacity. Public beaches and parks remain closed under the orange light.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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