COVID-19: Visiting Cancún, is it safe?
During the last few weeks the State of Quintana Roo, where Cancún and the Riviera Maya are located have experienced an increase of Covid-19 cases. This has forced the reintroduction of more restrictive safety measures to prevent mass gatherings. For now all of Quintana Roo remains in orange risk level, this is evaluated weekly on a scale that goes from green (complete reopening) to yellow (partial reopening), orange (restricted reopening) and red (lockdown). The new safety measures and ongoing vaccination efforts will likely prevent a lockdown and lower the cases in the near future.
While we find ourselves in orange level, all hotels, restaurants, archaeological sites, theme parks, golf courses and other tourism services remain open to 50% of their maximum capacity. Public parks and beaches, shopping malls, movie theaters, casinos, beauty salons, religious services and non-essential commerces can only open to 30% of their max capacity.
Vaccination in the Mexican Caribbean
Cancún and the Mexican Caribbean have continuously demonstrated their commitment to the well-being of its citizens and visitors throughout the pandemic. Now, the federal government supports this effort by prioritizing vaccination campaigns for this important touristic destination. It is forecasted that by the end of the second week of June all of the 40 years old+ population will be vaccinated and it is expected that vaccination of the age group 30 -39 years will continue. This will protect a great majority of the workers of the local hotel and tourism industries, inspire confidence in our guests and help reduce the spread of the virus in coming weeks and months.
So, is Cancun safe to visit?
Traveling anywhere during this pandemic, whether international or domestic, is risky; that being said if you feel comfortable flying with the right precautions, Cancún is indeed one of the safest destinations to travel this year. And it’s not just us saying this. This safety comes as a result of the impressive and unrelenting efforts that the local government, companies, and individuals have put into creating and following strict sanitary measures. Starting with the Mexican Caribbean Clean & Safe Certification, which over 6,000 companies have applied for, a program that certifies tourism service providers that can maintain the highest sanitary measures for the prevention and containment of COVID-19. This program was the the reason for which Cancún was the first place in the American continent, and one of the first 7 in the world, to receive the “Safe Travels” global safety and hygiene stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council. Just as impressive is the fact that Xcaret Eco Park became the world’s first company to obtain that certification as well.
And unlike other destinations where locals have opposed reopening, the people of Cancún have continued to embrace it. Tourism accounts for 90% of this state’s income, so when plans to reopen were announced, locals rejoiced. People here will welcome you with open arms and plenty of hand sanitizer. From the moment you arrive at the airport and all throughout your stay you will never not feel safe, as following strict hygiene measures is the main condition that the government put in place for reopening. So either local companies exercise great care, or they’ll be unable to be open. It is important to be aware that if we all do our part we will not only keep the risk at yellow level, but eventually move it to green for a complete and safe reopening of the Mexican Caribbean and it’s many attractions.
We recommend you contact your place of stay as well as activities you’re interested in before your trip to familiarize yourself with the new safety protocols they are following.
You can find more information at official sources:
To know more about the Mexican Caribbean reopening’s please visit our other pages:
Returning flights and new routes to Cancún from Europe and North America
Xcaret is back and became the first park with “Travel Safety Stamp”
Cancun, first Global Safety Stamp Awardee in America
Reasons to visit Cancun in 2020 and tips to keep safe
Mayan Ruins reopen starts on September 14th
Reopening Chichen Itza on September 22nd
Reopening Tours and Attractions
June 8th, Cancun reopening begins
Cancun and Riviera Maya on the road to reopening