After drowning, new rules, Mexico City canals see drop-off

New rules including alcohol limits are in place for Mexico City’s famed Xochimilco canals as the government moves to crack down on hard-core partiers following a drowning.

Officials hope to encourage a more peaceful atmosphere for families and tourists and reduce dangerous behavior by those who treat the canal boats like floating nightclubs, drinking to excess, dancing on tables and even brawling.

But workers say business has fallen off by about 80%. Some people are perhaps unnerved by the accident, and others put off by the anti-partying measures.

At stake are the livelihoods of thousands of boatmen, owners and those on the margins who sell tourists food, drink, flowers and trinkets.

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