As of February 1, the state of Quintana Roo will be permanently moved from its current Central time zone to the Eastern time zone. Quintana Roo Govenor, Roberto Borge Angulo, is suggesting state residents prepare for the upcoming change.
The suggested change, which was proposed last May by Quintana Roo businesses, was approved by all parties of federal deputies and senators last week. Interior Secretariat stated that on January 31, the decree reforming Articles 2 and 3 of the Time Zone System of Law of the Estados Unidos Mexicanos, will be published in the Official Gazette. This will make the change from Central to Eastern time zone official.
According to Borge Angulo, the government of Quintana Roo has been lobbying for the change for 18 years with requests being made by both local citizens and entrepreneurs in hopes of creating longer days.
The latest request for the time change was sent to President Enrique Peña Nieto last May. Once the president agreed to the proposal, Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, told Q.R.’s governor that the request was being supported.
Borge Angulo says, “We advise all Quintana Roo residents to set their clocks one hour forward on January 31 before bed. On February 1, Quintana Roo will start the day in the new time zone.”