Sunday, June 23, 2024

Will there be weekend alcohol bans for Mexico’s elections?

Mexico’s elections will be held this Sunday, meaning that temporary alcohol sales bans will take effect in many states this weekend.

The aim of the law — known in Mexico as la ley seca — is to keep the peace as millions of Mexicans go to the polls to elect federal, state and municipal representatives.

Mexican voter
In order to keep the peace, many cities and states in Mexico routinely institute temporary alcohol sales bans on Election Day or throughout Election Day weekend. (Rogelio Morales Ponce/Cuartoscuro.com)

According to the General Law of Electoral Institutions and Procedures, Mexico’s 32 federal entities can ban or restrict alcohol sales on Election Day and in the days leading up to it.

State authorities can also mandate a temporary ban on alcohol consumption, although people who have stocked up beforehand are unlikely to be fined or arrested if they are not caught committing another illegal act.

Will la ley seca apply in your part of Mexico?

Check out the details below (states listed in alphabetical order).

NOTE: as of early Wednesday, information about election-related temporary dry laws was not available for all states.
In some states, la ley seca will apply in some municipalities but not others. In some states with dry laws, restaurants will still be permitted to serve alcohol with food.
Woman in a green dress browsing bottles of alcoholic beverages in a liquor store
Some states have already announced where and when alcohol sales will prohibited. (Shutterstock)

Aguascalientes 

A dry law will apply from 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, until 11:59 p.m. the same day.

Baja California

Authorities have not yet announced whether la ley seca will apply.

Baja California Sur 

In the municipality of La Paz, alcohol sales will be banned between 6 p.m. on June 1 and 8 a.m. on June 3. Authorities in Los Cabos have not yet announced whether a dry law will apply in their city.

Campeche 

A statewide dry law will commence 12 a.m. Saturday, June 1, and remain in effect until Monday, June 3.

Chiapas 

It is confirmed that an alcohol sales ban will apply this weekend in the municipality of Tonalá. Alcohol sales will likely be banned or restricted in other municipalities in the southern state.

Chihuahua

Alcohol sales will be banned between 5 p.m. June 1 and 11:59 p.m. June 2.

Coahuila 

A dry law will commence at 12 a.m. on June 1 and remain in effect until June 3.

Colima 

Alcohol sales will be banned from 12 a.m. on June 1 and recommence on June 3.

Durango

La ley seca will apply from 12 a.m. on June 1 and remain in effect until June 3.

Guanajuato

A dry law will apply in León, the largest city in Guanajuato, between 10 p.m. on June 1 and 12 a.m. on June 3.

Guerrero

An alcohol sales ban will be in place on both June 1 and June 2.

Hidalgo

A dry law will be in effect on both June 1 and June 2.

Jalisco

Authorities in some municipalities have announced that a dry law will apply. They include Tonalá and El Salto, both in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara.

In Puerto Vallarta, restaurants and bars will be able to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. throughout the weekend, but takeaway sales will be banned.

Mexico City 

Authorities have announced a dry law will be in effect on both June 1 and June 2, but restaurants can serve alcohol with food.

México state

A dry law will be in effect on both June 1 and June 2, but restaurants will be able to serve alcohol with food.

Michoacán

Authorities in most municipalities have not yet announced whether la ley seca will apply. A decision regarding the state capital Morelia is set to be announced on Wednesday.

Stacked rows of Mexican beer cans with a cardboard sign announcing their price and another sign warning of an upcoming temporary alcohol sales ban
Stores often warn customers about an impending alcohol ban for Mexico’s elections with signs advising them to stock up before the prohibition takes effect. (Mario Jasso/Cuartoscuro)

Morelos

A dry law will commence in Cuernavaca at 12 a.m. on June 1 and remain in effect until June 3. The Morelos government has called on all municipalities in the state to prohibit alcohol sales this weekend.

Nayarit

A dry law will apply June 1–2.

Nuevo León

La ley seca will apply from 12 a.m. on June 1 and end at 12 a.m. on June 3.

Oaxaca

Alcohol sales will be prohibited from 12 a.m. on June 1 until 8 p.m. on June 2.

Puebla

A dry law will apply all day on June 1 and until 8 p.m. on June 2.

Querétaro

A dry law will not apply in the state of Querétaro, according to government secretary Carlos Alcaraz.

Quintana Roo

Alcohol sales will be prohibited in Mexico’s Caribbean coast state on June 1 and June 2. However, restaurants and bars in tourist destinations will likely be permitted to serve alcohol with some restrictions.

San Luis Potosí

A dry law will apply June 1 and June 2.

Sinaloa

Alcohol sales will be banned between 8 p.m. on June 1 and 9 a.m. on June 3.

Sonora

A dry law will apply June 1–2.

Tabasco

Authorities have banned alcohol sales from 12 a.m. on June 1 through 6 a.m. on June 3.

Tamaulipas

A dry law will be in effect June 1–2.

Tlaxcala

La ley seca will apply on June 1 and June 2.

Veracruz

A dry law is in place on June 1 and June 2.

Yucatán

La ley seca will commence at 12 a.m. on June 1 and conclude at 11 a.m. on June 3.

Zacatecas

Authorities have not yet announced whether a dry law will apply.

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