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Revival of ‘Mérida en Domingo,’ a pandemic casualty, under discussion

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Mérida en Domingo.

Mérida en Domingo, the festive weekly crafts and food event at the Plaza Grande, was one of the first traditions to fall to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, its return is under discussion.

The municipal secretary, Alejandro Ruz Castro, accompanied by the directors of Economic Development and Tourism, Eduardo Seijo Solís and the Office of the Presidency, Valerie Amador Hurtado, spoke with a delegation of Mérida en Domingo vendors.

The vendors, who had depended on the program for their livelihood, went to the Municipal Palace to request financial support and discuss bringing it back.

The request will be brought Tuesday before the economic reopening board, which is headed by the Yucatan state government, said Ruz Castro. The panel meets every week to oversee the gradual reopening of establishments.

The City Council in April ordered the tourism department to provide economic and nutritional support for the vendors, Seijo Solís recalled.

Financial payouts totaled 1.7 million pesos until they ended in August. Food packages have continued on a monthly basis, with 1,381 delivered to qualifying families, he said.

The city is also analyzing digital tools that could allow vendors to sell their products online, as a way to adapt to the “new normal,” he said.

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