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Cancun Alcohol Ban Is Not True Says Quintana Roo Governor

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According to the Governor of Quintana Roo, the state has not imposed an alcohol ban on restaurants in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum as reported by multiple sources. 

“Good day friends, it's important to follow official accounts and not listen to rumors. We are always on the lookout to resolve your doubts,” stated governor Carlos Joaquin on his official verified Facebook account. Along with the caption was a photo of the news story that ran with the words ‘Falso' (False) written across it. 

Travelers panicked as rumors spread that alcohol would be banned in all restaurants. Tourists took to message forums asking if the ban would affect all-inclusive resorts and contemplated canceling their trip. 

“Does this include resorts? I can't imagine an ‘all-inclusive' without alcohol. Might as well cancel if this is the case,” said Simon F. from New Hampshire on a Trip Advisor message board. 

Drinks at cancun restaurant

While the news did appear credible with screenshots taken of an ‘official decree' allegedly published by the state gazette, the Governor did confirm the alcohol ban is not true

Restaurants, hotels and resorts may continue to sell alcohol but must follow restrictions set out by the ‘Yellow' epidemiological light system. 

cancun hotel zone

Latest Alcohol Restrictions in Quintana Roo

According to the Secretary of Finance and Planning for Quintana Roo, restaurants may sell alcohol from 10:00 am until 1:00 am.

Grocery stores, mini-supermarkets and shops are permitted to sell alcohol from 9:00 am until 12:00 am Monday through Saturdays and on Sundays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. 

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Secretary of Fiance and Planning Quintana Roo
Alcohol Rules Qunitana Roo under yellow light
Secretary of Fiance and Planning Quintana Roo

Cancun is currently the leading vacation destination in Mexico having seen over 6.4 million tourists since the pandemic began

Great flight connectivity and relaxed entry requirements including no testing or quarantines has lead the resort city to become one of the top destinations for Americans in 2021. 

cancun beach tourists

Current Restrictions For Travelers in Cancun Under Yellow Light 

All visitors must wear a face mask at all times in public spaces. Face coverings are required by law and visitors could face fines for violations. 

Restaurants, hotels and resorts are able to operate at 60% of capacity. 

Schools, bars, discos and entertainment centers must remain closed. 

Beaches Are Open In Cancun

Public beaches and pools are now open but alcohol is currently prohibited. Visitors must remain within their own party. 

Beautiful beach in Cancun, Mexico - Playa Delfines.

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