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Mexico To Maintain Movable Public Holidays

Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación (Ciudad de México)
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020


The Mexican Minister of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, has announced that, despite recent government statements to the contrary, the 2006 decree modifying article 74 of Mexico's Labour Code would not be abrogated, and that the Mexican public holidays of February 5, March 21, and November 20, would continue to be moved to a nearby weekend ("This afternoon, I spoke with the President of the Republic, and he authorized me to make it known that, to resume internal tourism, which is essential, he would maintain long weekends").

The aforementioned announcement, pointedly mentions Mexican President López Obrador ("Hoy en la tarde que hablé con el presidente de la República me autorizó dar a conocer, que para retomar el turismo interno, que es fundamental, van a permanecer los fines de semana largos"), as it was President Obrador, earlier this year (2020-02-05), who announced that, from the next school year, he would propose initiatives to the law so that the public holidays related to events celebrated on February 5, March 21, May 1st, and November 20, would be observed on their historical date, and not moved to a nearby weekend as has been the case for almost 15 years, since 2006 (2006-01-17), when Mexico's President, Vincente Fox Quesada, issued a decree modifying article 74 of Mexico's Labour Code (artículo 74 de la Ley Federal del Trabajo).

Thhe 2006 decree was a variant of a draft law, introduced in 2000 (2000-05-03), by Deputy José del Carmen Enríquez Rosado, which had mandated that whenever the fixed-date public holidays of February 5, March 21, May 1st, and November 20, fall on any day other than a Monday (including Saturdays and Sundays), its legal observance would be moved to the following Monday.



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