Protestors in the social event industry demand return to work

Social event workers have been out of work in Yucatán for nearly a year. Photo: File.
Social event workers have been out of work in Yucatán for nearly a year. Photo: File.

Demanding a swift return to their jobs, workers in the social events industry protested on Paseo de Montejo.

The protests of approximately 500 workers was made up of caterers, sound technicians and florists, among others. 

Protestors marched under banners reading “evento seguro” — safe event — and argued that the reopening of their industry was not only possible but necessary. 

Yucatán’s social events industry came to a screeching halt in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began to ravage the state.

“We have not been able to work for over 300 days, how are we supposed to feed our families?” said protest spokesperson, Eittel Ordóñez López.

The protest comes on the heels of news that business meetings will be returning to haciendas, hotels and event facilities in March. 

Some news outlets have reported that weddings, quinceañeras and baptisms will be returning to hotels and event halls this April, but no official government statement confirms such a move.

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.