A hand-painted sign and makeshift barriers cut off access to Hecelchakán, some 70 km to the north of the state capital Campeche. Photo: Milenio

It is Mexico, but at the same time, it is an independent territory, and locals have decided not to grant access to anyone.

Just over 200 communities on the border between Campeche and Yucatan have been locked up in their small settlements for two months. The rallying cry is that “nobody enter or leave.” Not until the contingency is lifted.

So it is common for motorists to find roadblocks along the 178 kilometers of highway that connects Campeche and Yucatan.

Stones, branches, orange cones, fences, trunks, tarps and even innertubes are gathered to block outsiders

The lack of nearby hospitals and the absence of a vaccine against COVID-19 helped trigger this reaction to the coronavirus crisis.

Service providers such as bricklayers, plumbers, cooks, nurses and even delivery men who used to come in to bring potatoes, soft drinks, vegetables or bread, are not exempt.

At first, the blockades were guarded by people for 24 hours. Over time, the sentries returned home, but the barricades remain.

For groceries, only a group of five people, mostly men, are allowed out. They have shopping lists from everyone in their community.

Purchases are made in supply centers, warehouses and stores and the trip lasts all day, Milenio reports.

On their return, their vehicle is disinfected and, one by one, the groceries are sprayed for any possible virus.

Inhabitants told a reporter that they will not come out of isolation until the infections stop, and they are considering not even allowing rural school teachers in once school is back in session.

Source: Milenio