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Yucatán cancels Xmatkuil fair and Hanal Pixán altars at Plaza Grande

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The Xmatkuil Fair is the Peninsula’s largest event of its kind on the whole peninsula. Photo: Courtesy

Authorities have confirmed that for the second year in a row, Yucatán will not be hosting its annual state fair at Xmatkuil

Nonetheless, in coordination with the state’s beef industry, a livestock exhibition will be held in November at Xmatkuil’s fairgrounds. This event will not be open to the public. 

Also on the chopping block for this year will be the traditional display of Hanal Pixán day of the dead altars in Mérida’s Plaza Grande.

The news comes as a disappointment for many who thought that a return to yellow on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system would mean more of a return to normal for public events. 

Daily coronavirus infections dropped by nearly 30 last week, and by 50 compared to a month ago, Yucatán health ministry data indicates.

Earlier: Coronavirus cases in Yucatán continue decline, recoveries up

The news caused some confusion regarding the state government’s messaging regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because hotels can now operate at full capacity, and the controversial vehicular restriction has been lifted after almost two years.

Shortly after the announcement that the state would be returning to yellow, Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal announced the arrival of a Disney cruise ship on Christmas Eve as part of the state’s economic reactivation.

“How funny it is that the pandemic continues to cancel free public events, but things are back to normal for business,” a Mérida resident, Alex Chable, commented on Facebook.
Other public events, such as Yucatán’s Otoño Cultural, still seem to be a go with in-person events held across several cities and towns across the state.

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