Would this make you think twice about not wearing a mask?

A busy market in Mexico is hiring wrestlers to shout at people who aren’t wearing masks, in the midst of the pandemic.

Mexico has a population of 126 million, and it currently ranks fourth in the world for coronavirus deaths. There have been more than 192,000 fatalities. However, even with these shocking statistics many citizens refuse to wear face coverings.

The country’s masked wrestlers are famous worldwide. They’ve appeared at Latin America’s largest market to encourage people to cover their faces. After all, the wrestlers look pretty cool.

The wrestlers were apparently a surprise for visitors and merchants at the Central de Abastos in Mexico City this week.

A group of the wrestlers were heard shouting ‘Put on your face mask!’

“People Still Don’t Believe”

Professional wrestler Cyclone Ramirez Junior, said: ‘People still don’t believe in this virus despite so many deaths there have been, so many situations that have happened in the world, but I believe we feel committed with society.

People look up at us, they are drawn to our masks and I think it helps to make them slightly more responsible.

‘We can be an image and help society to continue becoming aware that this virus is still very strong, we still have to work hard so that this ends. It takes a long time and I think that we as wrestlers and as public figures we have to help.’

The Institute of Youth of Mexico City (INJUVE) teamed up with the wrestlers this month. They’re hoping the wrestlers will show masks and face-coverings in a positive light across the city.

It’s also nice for the wrestlers to still fulfill their ambitions, as due to the pandemic the arenas still remain closed.

Wrestler Sussy Love added: ‘It’s still difficult because there are people who are reluctant to wear a face mask and believing [in the virus] but we continue to fight every day.

‘This does not end and that is why we are here raising awareness in different parts of Mexico City, so that people continue to wear the face mask so that they continue – together with us – in this fight.’

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The Central de Abastos market normally attracts half a million visitors daily.

It has now become a coronavirus hotspot for new infections.

Some of the merchants were very pleased to see the wrestlers.

One of them, avocado seller Rafael Gonzalez said: ‘It’s really good because they are helping to prevent more infections. Today I forgot it [face mask].

‘I do have one but I forgot to bring it but now I’m wearing one. The initiative is very good.”

Mexico was the first country in Latin America to begin vaccinating.

However so far to date, it has only received 5.5 million doses of vaccines.

Do you think the wrestlers are a good idea?

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