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Business in Yucatán back to normal after 2 years of restrictions

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The use of facemasks in Yucatán remains extremely ingrained, but over the past few weeks and months, attitudes do seem to have relaxed considerably. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

As of today — Monday — all businesses in Yucatán can operate at 100% and normalize their opening hours.

This return to business as usual also applies to social events, as well as concert halls and movie theaters. 

In fact, several upcoming concerts in large venues including performances by bands like Matute and Zoé are scheduled for the coming weeks — without any restrictions.

The new rules come as a breath of fresh air to business owners who have had to deal with COVID-19 related restrictions for well over two years. 

“It has been an extremely difficult couple of years. It is wonderful to see things start to really get back to normal again. It’s really quite surreal,” said Alaska Piña Montero, proprietor of Sazka, a lady’s formal wear boutique in the Gran Plaza.

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This past weekend was particularly busy in Yucatán, with beaches and shopping malls full to the brim  — due in no small part to a considerable rise in temperature.

Nonetheless, state health officials insist that the use of facemasks and anti-bacterial gel remain an important weapon against the spread of COVID-19.

That being said, it has not been made clear if and under what circumstances the use of facemasks will remain compulsory. 

The state government credits the dramatic reduction of new infections to its aggressive vaccination program.

Yucatán residents as young as 12 are now eligible for vaccinations in several municipalities, though not yet in Mérida. 

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