Yucatan state officials quashed rumors of a mini “ley seca” to coincide with Independence Day celebrations.

Through a statement, the state government reported that it will not ban alcohol sales in the coming days.

However, government officials called on the population not to gather in large groups to celebrate. House parties and gatherings at town plazas are typical ways to celebrate Mexico’s independence. Social distancing measures are still strongly encouraged to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A sudden, temporary lockdown on restaurants serving on-premises meals and drinks, only fueled ley-seca rumors that spread wildly on social media.

Alcoholic beverage sales have been banned or heavily restricted, off and on, since April 10. Retail sales are still off-limits, a way to avoid crowding in stores. For now, wine, beer and liquor can be delivered directly to homes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

While parties may be fewer, drunk-driving checkpoints will be stationed throughout the state starting 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, the two days next week most celebrations are expected, local media reported.

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