More than 1,700 fines are imposed on Cubans for bathing on Havana beaches

More than 1,700 bathers were fined between August 2 and September 10 in Havana for accessing the capital’s beaches despite the ban on bathing in areas of the capital’s coastline, with a view to controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

Those sanctioned, fined in the name of Decree Law 31, which regulates violations of sanitary measures for the prevention and confrontation of the coronavirus, received fines ranging between 2,000 and 3,000 pesos, according to the official Cuban press.

In a meeting this Monday, Cuban authorities specified that only last weekend they imposed 178 fines: 63 in East Havana, including the Camilo Cienfuegos district and 51 in the municipality of Playa.

The main areas where bathers were detected were at the intersection of Calle Primera and 70, in La Puntilla; the beach of 16 and La Concha.

Local authorities indicated at a meeting of the Temporary Working Group for the coronavirus that several people roamed those places, a situation that increases on weekends, when inspectors and police mainly travel to territories of the Playa and East Havana municipalities.

Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, First Secretary of the Party in Havana, and the Governor, Reinaldo García Zapata, demanded greater rigor from both the representatives of the coastal municipalities.

In Havana, 10,052 people remain admitted, including those who are at home. Of the total number of patients, 605 are children, 91 of them under one year of age.

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