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No alcohol sales during weekend election

Cancun, Q.R. – Sunday June 5 marks the official election’s day in the state of Quintana Roo, which means no alcohol sales.

With the exception of specified tourist areas, public alcohol sales will cease at 7:30 a.m. on June 4 until the 24th hour of June 5, after the state electoral process is complete.

The Ministry of Finance and Planning will grant permission for specific restaurants considered to be in tourist areas to sell alcohol to customers, but only with food. All bars, clubs, pubs and nightclubs are restricted during the election process. Establishments that fail to conform to the rules could be shut down.

In Playa del Carmen, the tourist area is deemed to be eateries located from 10th Avenue to the beach and extends to Playacar Avenue with respective cross streets. Any business not in this zone will be prohibited from selling alcohol from Saturday June 4 at 7:30 a.m. until midnight on Sunday, June 5.

In Cancun, the Ministry of Finance has implemented the same time-frames, prohibiting the sale of public alcohol from 7:30 a.m. on Saturday June 4 until midnight Sunday, June 5. In Cancun, the tourist area exception is the Cancun Hotel Zone where businesses will be allowed to serve alcohol to their guests.

All other establishments including convenience stores, bars, pubs and nightclubs will have the restriction placed upon them until the completion of the electoral process. It is estimated that in Cancun, more than 4,000 businesses will be affected by the lack of alcohol sales.

According to the National Electoral Institute (INE), more than one million people are expected to take to the polls on Sunday in the state of Quintana Roo.

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