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For driving, dining and partying, here are the new pandemic rules in Yucatán

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Restaurants and other businesses get a little relief as Yucatán advances to yellow-light restrictions. Photo: TripAdvisor

Yucatán has eased up on restrictions and protocols meant to stem the spread of coronavirus. For the most part, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will look the same as they did before. But the other four days of the week will be more relaxed now that we’re at the yellow traffic signal.

Guidelines regarding face masks were unchanged.

Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal announced six new measures that begin Monday to reactivate the economy:

Starting Monday, April 26

Curfew: Driving restrictions are eliminated from Sunday to Wednesday, but roads must be clear of non-essential traffic from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Restaurant hours: Dining establishments can stay open until midnight from Sunday to Wednesday. The rest of the week, they are still closing at 9.

Crowd control: Customer capacity is increased to 75% in restaurants, shops, shopping malls, supermarkets and hotels. Cinemas and theaters will stay at 50%.

Sports: Soccer fields and other fun-and-games spaces in public parks and shopping malls will be reopened.

Starting Saturday, May 15

Classrooms: Students in higher education return to class. Elementary and high school classes were not addressed.

Weddings: Events such as marriages and receptions are allowed, but still with capacity restrictions. Inside events are limited to 100 people and outdoor shindigs can welcome 200 guests. State health authorities are still strict on this, and promise to close down a party in its tracks if protocols get sloppy.

Vila Dosal called on the Yucatecans to act responsibly so as not to fall back into orange-level restrictions.

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