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These Mexico Destinations Will Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test to Enter Bars, Restaurants, and More

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Several popular tourist destinations in Mexico have started requiring or recommending vaccines for indoor activities, including bars.

Starting Friday, the state of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is located, will require people to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours to enter places like bars and clubs, as well as concerts and stadiums, according to the state government. The new mandate applies to people 18 and older.

Similarly, Baja California has recommended businesses like bars and restaurants ask guests 18 and older to show proof of vaccination or a PCR test taken within five days of entering, according to the state government. However, Baja California stopped short of mandating the policy, noting showing proof of vaccination would be at the discretion of individual business owners.

And Tlaxcala, which sits east of Mexico City, will require proof of vaccination to enter places like hotels, shopping centers, cafeterias, supermarkets, and taquerías, according to Forbes Mexico.

The new rules come as Mexico is reporting more than 26,400 new cases each day, according to Reuters, which is tracking COVID-19 cases around the world. Cases in Mexico are currently the highest the country has ever reported.

In Mexico overall, about 58.4% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to Reuters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently classifies Mexico as a “Level 3” destination, indicating a “high” level of COVID-19 transmission in the country. The agency recommends Americans be fully vaccinated before traveling there, but only warns unvaccinated Americans to avoid travel to the country.

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San Miguel de Allende oozes old Mexico charm.

There are the cobblestone streets, the colonial-era buildings and wrought-iron balconies, the neo-Gothic steeples soaring high above the pink-sandstone church anchoring a corner of the main plaza. Travel and Leisure magazine has twice named it the best city in the world, a ratification of how beloved it is with tourists and retirees from the U.S., Canada and beyond.

But lately, San Miguel has been attracting a very different sort of crowd: the drug cartels. And the moment they arrived and began pushing cocaine and imposing their brutal brand of property tax, the murders began.

A restaurateur died in a hail of gunfire in front of horrified customers after he refused to pay extortion demands. The son of the owner of a construction-materials business was killed on his way to work.  A tortilla shop owner in the nearby town of Celaya was gunned down along with two of her employees. And a fruit vendor, a convenience store operator, another restaurateur and three cantina owners closed their doors after shakedown-visits and, it would appear, are lying low.

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A travel warning has been issued for Playa del Carmen, Mexico, following an unnamed threat that has closed the U.S. Embassy there.

State and local police said the attack occurred late Sunday at the “Las Virginias” bar in a seedy area relatively far from the beachside tourist zone. Six men were found shot to death in the bar, and another died at a local hospital.

Forensic policemen search evidence at Las Virginias restaurant in Playa del Carmen after a fatal shooting, in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, early January 7, 2019. (LOURDES CRUZ/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Horror In Cancun: 8 Bodies Found In The Streets, 2 Dismembered


Carnage ensues in Cancun, Mexico, as the bodies of a man and woman were found in an abandoned taxi cab Monday morning. Two more bodies were found dismembered on the street in plastic bags and more bodies were found Tuesday at various locations.

According to the State Department, travelers should  “exercise increased caution,” and added “While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens,”

A Federal police officer stands on guard at the area where at least five people including a ministerial police officer were killed in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Quintana Roo State, Mexico, on July 27. STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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Aeromexico said there were 97 passengers and four crew members aboard Flight 2431 in Northern Mexico that crashed just after takeoff on Tuesday.

Gov. José R. Aispuro announced on Twitter that no one had been killed but it was not yet clear whether or not there were any injuries.

The flight had taken off at 3:08 p.m. local time at the Durango Airport and was scheduled to land in Mexico City at 4:38.

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A Chicago native has been shot and killed in Mexico City while on vacation. 

Authorities identified that it was 27- year- old Tatiana Mirutenko of San Francisco, who was killed while leaving a restaurant on Saturday.

Mirutenko was with her husband on vacation to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, he was only steps away at the time.

The shooting took place in the wealthy neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec by a man who witnesses say was riding a motorcycle and firing at a man identified as a local bouncer.

Mirutenko’s parents live in the Chicago area and had recently talked to their daughter. They were encouraged to hear that she was having fun and felt safe.

So far there have been no arrests made.

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As of 2013, the city of Reynosa has a population of 672,183

A city located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Reynosa is located on the southern bank of the Rio Grande. It is the largest and most populous city in the state. Reynosa is the fastest growing city in Tamaulipas. Friendly people of Reynosa increase the charm of tourism in this city. There are temples, museums, and shopping promenades in the city center and also modern malls and historical landmarks that boast an assortment of structural designs. Reynosa is an excellent place to enjoy a leisurely stroll and relish the slow-paced life very different to the industrial cities of the state where long working hours are the norm.

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Reynosa History Museum
Built with ashlars limestone, Reynosa History Museum is located in a beautiful old house dating back to the end of the 19th century. The major exhibits in the museum include archaeological pieces, furniture, and agriculture equipment, items used in cattle farming, weapons, and several other items of historical value.

Reynosa Cathedral
One of the most popular attractions in the city, Reynosa Cathedral is a gorgeous cathedral built in detailed neoclassic style. The cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Gaudalupe and is located opposite the main square of the city.

La Playita
A beautiful public pool and park, La Playita is located on the shores of the Rio Grande, in proximity to the Anzalduas Dam. This picturesque spot is frequented by families from Reynosa on warm summer days for leisure and relaxation. Tourists can enjoy basking here and relish the serenity.

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