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Government announces Dry Law in effect for election day

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — If Saturday night is your beer drinking evening and you’re running out, the government of Quintana Roo is giving a heads up that a Dry Law will be in effect. This weekend, as of midnight Saturday until midnight Sunday, alcohol sales will be prohibited around the state due to the June 6 electoral day.

In a statement, the Ministry of Finance and Planning (SEFIPLAN) warns owners and managers of establishments that the sale of alcoholic beverages from 00:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 5 until 23:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, is prohibited.

During that time, the sale of closed alcoholic beverages will be prohibited in all convenience stores, super-minis, beer centers, grocery stores, etc. Exceptions to the sale of alcoholic beverages will include licensed businesses (restaurants and restaurant-bars) located in the tourist areas.

Under the Ley Electoral Mexicana, hotels with restaurant service where alcoholic beverages are sold are exempt as long as the sale of alcohol is accompanied by the purchase of food.

On June 6, voters will head to the polls to elect new federal deputies and municipal presidents. The intention behind the temporary suspension of alcohol sales is to preserve order and security before, during and after the electoral process.