Supermarkets such as Walmart can only sell “essential” items such a food and medicine after 6 p.m. Photo: Sipse

Supersized supermarkets, the type that have housewares, electronics and clothing, can sell only food and medicine after 6 p.m., a new state law decrees.

The measure, drafted at the request of the Yucatan business chamber, ends a competitive advantage big-box stores over small local retailers forced to shut down or limit foot traffic during coronavirus contingencies.

Ancillary departments will also be closed weekends under the new law. Already, all stores have to close early to guarantee their employees are home before the 10:30 p.m. road curfew.

The Walmarts and Costcos of the region will instead focus on essential goods, which also include personal hygiene items and pet supplies. Furniture, toys and beauty supplies are considered non-essential.