Clausurado, Explained

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The Los Cabos city government is getting nuts with the clausurado signs again, so we figured we’d better explain it. It means closed in Spanish, but more importantly, it means closed by the government.

The unhappy state of being clausurado can happen for a number of reasons, most often financial, but lately it’s the city has been getting pissy about the Municipal Regulation of Urban Image. Facades and signs that are not in code compliance. Yes, there really are rules on the books about how a business should present itself. Fines up to 140 minimum wages per day can be levied. Minimum wage is about $5 U.S. per day. So, we’re talking about a $700 fine. Yikes!

Code infractions can be but are not limited to having no permit at all, placing signs on public property, obstructing pedestrian passage, and obstructing access for people with disabilities.

About 40 businesses in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose were closed last week for “damaging and/or deteriorating the image of the destination”.

Everyone was warned, mostly 30 days prior to being closed, before being sanctioned.

Give a close squint to this picture of a Comex paint company sign. The pole supporting the sign is across the street from the ladder the guy is standing on. Yet, the guy on the ladder is touching the sign. That means, the sign has to be leaning all the way across a two lane road. How can that be? Yup, we would fine this company 700 bucks, too. Besides, we don’t like their paint. It won’t cover well. We have always felt it was just colored water. ,