The law known as ‘Ley Seca’, or Dry Law, prohibits the sale of alcohol at stores, bars, and restaurants during election weekends in the State of Jalisco; however a last minute amendment will allow the sale of liquor at restaurants with food purchases in the tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta.
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Restaurants will be able to serve alcohol to dining customers only, and alcohol may not be served in original bottles, for example beer must be served in a glass, as past election amendments have allowed. The amendment is to ensure alcohol is not sold in restaurants and transferred to another location. Bars and stores are still restricted from alcohol sales over the weekend. Most bars and nightclubs will remain closed June 6 and June 7.
With this announcement, restaurants and hotels will offer promotions to attract diners in the two sporting events that will meet this weekend, the final match of the Champions League and the game between Mexico vs. Brazil.
The law was intended to maintain peace and security during times of national elections in Mexico. Sales restrictions are typically from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday, depending on state and local laws. This is the second time the law has been amended to allow restaurants to serve alcohol during election cycles.