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Yucatán in yellow: Hotel, event capacity limits to be lifted

Federal and state traffic lights are unified as coronavirus data allows a less strict level of alert

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Yucatán has returned to the yellow light for the second time since pandemic protocols began.

The health ministry Thursday announced that coronavirus data numbers would allow them to ease restrictions four months after bringing back the orange light.

This means that as of Nov. 1, social events will be able to operate with 40% capacity in enclosed places and 60% in outdoor spaces.

Hotels and convention centers will be able to operate at 100% capacity. That rule comes in time for the much-anticipated tourist fair expected to bring thousands of conventioneers.

Also, amateur leagues and sports tournaments are allowed in the state.

In today’s coronavirus report, four of five coronavirus indicators were down, including the positivity of cases and the rate of contagion.

Infections and deaths are still high, but an improvement over the summertime surge.

Daily new infections have been below 250 for a week and COVID-related hospitalizations dropped below 200 for the first time since June 2 after reaching as high as 361 on July 7.

The traffic-light change follows some easing up of the rules. The dry law is long gone, and the driver curfew was recently eliminated. Bus stops have been move closer to the city center and in-person classes have returned.

Health authorities first signaled a yellow light in April, but a summertime increase in COVID cases prompted them to revert to orange, the second-highest level of alert, by June.

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