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Live music has long been one of the main attractions at Mérida’s bars and restaurants. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

The ban against live music in bars and restaurants in Yucatán has come to an end. 

The measure was put in place over a year and a half ago along with a series of other restrictions to help against the spread of COVID-19.

Yucatán’s restaurant association says it is also in talks with the state to also lift restrictions that limit restaurant hours until midnight. 

The association also suggested that once the state vaccination program is complete, restaurants should also be able to begin working at full capacity. 

“It is clear that vaccination is key to get our industry running again. Once everyone is vaccinated we should be able to return to work normally,” said Yucatán’s restaurant industry president, Roberto G. Cantón Barros. 

Earlier: Otoño cultural returns to Yucatán with over 83 events

September was a rough month for medical personnel hoping to contain COVID in Yucatán. But daily coronavirus infections dropped by nearly 30 during the second week of October, and by 50 compared to a month ago, Yucatán health ministry data indicates.

COVID numbers continue to decrease. Quarantines are down by 157, public hospitals released six more people. Recoveries are outnumbering new infections again. Yesterday there were 147 more recoveries than infections.

This positive trend has allowed Yucatán to return to yellow on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light — its second-least restrictive level. 

By Nov. 1, social events will be able to operate with 40% capacity in enclosed places and 60% in outdoor spaces. 

Hotels and convention centers will be able to operate at 100% capacity. That rule comes in time for the much-anticipated tourist fair expected to bring thousands of conventioneers.

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