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Local restaurants joined with Yucatan Gov. Mauricio Vila asking for a little mercy when rent time comes along.

At least 60% of Yucatan’s restaurants will go under if lease holders can’t come up with a deal with their landlords, according to local chapter of CANIRAC, the trade group that represents them in Mexico.

“The sector is facing a serious economic crisis. The restaurateurs ask our landlords to show solidarity with us,” said the president of CANIRAC in Yucatan, Roberto G. Cantón Barros.

Over the weekend, Vila Dosal launched a petition on social networks to landlords asking them to forgive rents. Merida Mayor Renan Berrara followed by pledging to waive the base rent value tax to those who comply.

Restaurants had their hours cut short on March 20, and by March 31 their dining rooms were ordered closed. Any restaurant that has remained open — and many have not — are now relying on home delivery for income. Many are new to home delivery, while others had experience partnering with platforms such as Rappi and Uber Eats.

But restaurants keep all their revenue if customers call them directly and pay a courier sent personally by the restaurant manager.

Source: Sipse

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