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Lucha Libre wrestlers enforce COVID-19 protocols in Mexico City Reuters on Youtube

KEY POINTS

  • Lucha libre wrestlers are making sure that people are following COVID-19 safety measures in Mexico
  • Mexico has 2.16 million recorded cases of COVID-19, with nearly 200,000 deaths
  • Lucha libre is one of the most popular sports in Mexico

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world still feels the crippling effects of the virus on the daily basis.

Many countries continue to enforce safety protocols and health measures to prevent the seemingly ceaseless spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

While vaccines provide people with a renewed sense of hope that one day, the world will finally get through this nightmarish period in history, individuals must continue to keep themselves safe until each and every person in the world is given the proper inoculation.

One of the simplest, yet most overlooked steps in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is mask-wearing.

All over the world, numerous people have simply disregarded the use of face masks, even though multiple health experts have vouched for their effectiveness.

Governments and establishments have come up with their unique ways of enforcing the mask mandate. Some groups of people have even taken it upon themselves to make sure that people keep their masks on.

Who else knows more about wearing masks than Mexico’s lucha libre wrestlers?

In Mexico City, a group of masked wrestlers police the largest Latin American wholesale food market, the Centro de Abasto, telling people to put their masks on. Those who refuse get sprayed by disinfectant.

The Centro de Abasto, which measures about 327 soccer fields, attracts about half a million people every day, making it a hotspot for COVID-19 infection.

As of press time, Mexico has 2.16 million total cases, with more than 194,000 recorded deaths.

The youth office in the Mexico City government began to deploy the wrestlers in different markets to raise awareness of the pandemic, while also promoting the rich history and heritage of lucha libre, which is Mexico’s most popular sport.

“People look up to us, they are drawn to our masks, and I think it helps to make them slightly more responsible,” said Cyclone Ramirez Junior in an interview with Reuters.

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A lucha libre wrestler named Cyclone Ramirez Junior is one of the masked wrestlers who helps enforce COVID-19 protocols in Mexico City Reuters on Youtube

“The campaign is so people know they can’t stop fighting [against the virus], that they need to keep wearing masks and using gel. This fight isn’t over, we’ve got to give it more,” he added.

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