Along with the Riviera Maya, Cancun has been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks. Expectedly, the government raised the alert level to “Orange” which means that more restrictive health measures have been reintroduced.
Under the new epidemiology alert, mass gatherings are forbidden and hotels, bars, restaurants, gyms, archaeological sites, theme parks, golf courses, and other tourism services are allowed to operate at 50% capacity only.
August 30 – Cancun maintains high rate of tourist flow even through a spike in coronavirus cases
According to the State Secretary of Tourism, over 3 million travelers stayed in Quintana Roo this summer. Even though the holiday season is officially over, more than 120,000 visitors are still staying in the region.
On average, hotels have maintained a 60 percent occupancy rate this summer. While now during the orange epidemiology alert, only 50 percent occupancy of tourist services is allowed.
Also, a number of U.S. airlines have exceeded the pre-pandemic levels of passengers to Mexico. More than 2.3 million travelers flew to the state in July, which became the busiest month since the beginning of the pandemic.
How long is Cancun supposed to be under “orange” level risk?
The entire Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun is located, will remain at the orange level at least until August 5.
The Mexican government issues traffic light reports every other week. Green states are completely open; yellow are partially reopened; orange are restricted, and red are in lockdown.
Current COVID-19 situation in Cancun
Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez extended the new restrictions through August 22 in a bid to control the growing third wave of Covid-19 infections in Cancun.
As of today, the state has reported 54,112 positive cases, 3,688 deaths, and 2,303 active infections.
To date, 26 percent of Mexico’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In the last 24 hours, Mexico reported 17.546 new cases and 756 deaths.
Is it safe to travel to Cancun right now?
Traveling anywhere during the pandemic, whether international or domestic may be risky if the necessary precautions are not taken. That being said, even in these difficult times for Quintana Roo, Cancun can be a safe destination if avoiding mass gatherings and sharing with people who do not belong to your household.
The Hotel Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and Isla Mujeres recently reported a 64.7% occupancy rate. As of today, 193 hotels are operating and 12 are still closed, which means that there are plenty of options to stay away from crowds.
Why visit Cancun in Pandemic times
1. Underwater museum
Visiting the largest underwater sculpture park will be one of your most fascinating experiences in Cancun. The museum displays nearly 500 statues created by Jason deCaires, a British sculptor and other Mexican artists.
The museum was conceived with the objective to save the coral reef by drawing snorkelers away
2. The cenotes
Jump on a guided tour and come visit this unique geological element of Mexico. The cenotes are natural sinkholes that expose fresh groundwater underneath.
Explore the breathtaking caves and caverns and walk the path that once the ancient Mayas considered the door to the underworld.
3. The Coco Bongo
Better to be vaccinated because it’s going to be crazily crowded inside!
Ranked as one of the best nightspots in Cancun, Coco Bongo offers a unique show production, a mix of different types of music and the very latest in audio and video entertainment, and alcohol! Rivers of it.