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Hosting a street party this month in Mérida? Read these new guidelines first

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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.
If you are planning to hire Mariachis or other musicians or entertainers for your party, you would be wise to act now. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

December is always a huge month for block parties, and Mérida is no exception. 

But given a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Mérida’s city hall is encouraging social distancing through an initiative that would allow residents’ parties to pour out onto city streets. 

This practice has been common across Mexico for a very long time during celebrations known as posadas. But if you are planning to host such an event there are a few things you need to know. 

First of all, keep in mind that you must notify the city government to request the closure of your street by December 12th at the very latest. 

The busiest days for these sorts of celebrations are expected to be December 12th, 24th, 31st, and January 6th.

The size of these types of events is to host no more than 500 people and may require an inspection from local authorities.

To make this request you must contact Mérida’s city hall at 9999 420000 Ext. 84510 or fill out a form online (only in Spanish).

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Applications to close traffic on your street should take no longer than 5 days and are free of charge.

But the city has warned residents that closing down streets without prior permission will result in hefty fines. 

Also keep in mind that although parties are subject to noise level limitations, during the holidays these are rarely enforced — for better or worse. 

The city has also issued a special warning urging residents to act responsibly when using pyrotechnics, as every year several medical emergencies result from their use.

Also going into effect is an increased number of checkpoints within the city and around periferico to deter folks from driving while intoxicated

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