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Yucatán relaxes more COVID-19 restrictions, despite staying yellow

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There has been much speculation that most, if not all COVID-19 regulations will be lifted in time for the holiday season — a prospect exciting to some and frightening to others. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Yucatán will stay yellow on its COVID-19 epidemiological traffic light for at least one more week.

But state authorities have decided to further loosen a handful of restrictions in hopes that they will help the state’s struggling economy.

Businesses in Yucatán will now be able to operate at 75% of their top capacity for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Yucatán’s government has also decided to do away with the controversial requirement to pre-register all social events and pay a so-called “party tax.”

Events such as concerts and theater productions continue to require social distancing and are likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht.

Social events including baptisms, weddings and graduations continue to be limited to 40% capacity for indoor events, and 60% for outdoor events.

Earlier: Cancún and its airport are now busier than before the pandemic

There has been some confusion regarding the status of Yucatán regarding the country’s epidemiological traffic light. This is because, for several months now state and federal authorities have disagreed on Yucatán’s epidemiological status. 

According to Mexico’s national traffic light system, Yucatán has been green for a week.

But because most COVID-19 regulations are set by the state government, most businesses and government agencies are subject to Yucatán’s rules. 

Though the rate of new COVID-19 infections has decreased dramatically over the past month, fatalities continue to be a daily occurance. On Thursday, 55 new cases were registered in the state and 7 people lost their lives. Public hospital admissions remain relatively low at 92.

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