Yucatán bans wedding banquets, among other gatherings, in new crackdown

Banquet planners have been sanctioned by Yucatan authorities who accuse them of ignoring coronavirus protocols. Photo: Courtesy
Banquet planners have been sanctioned by Yucatan authorities who accuse them of ignoring coronavirus protocols. Photo: Courtesy

After finding numerous examples of excesses, Yucatán has gone from limiting social events to banning them altogether.

That means weddings, baptisms or similar affairs that tend to pack people together have been banned by Yucatán state authorities.

The measure, meant to contain the spread of coronavirus, follows a crackdown that found numerous businesses flouting the law.

Banquet services and their clients “have acted irresponsibly,” an executive order stated.

In recent days the state government closed and fined 18 businesses, including restaurants, gyms, and banquet/wedding planners for failing to comply with the provisions of the economic reopening in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

No more than 50 people were allowed indoors and 100 people in open spaces, and tables were limited to six guests. Events could last no longer than four hours and end by 11:30 p.m., when a road curfew is in place.

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