Since the announcements were made Mexico hotels and resorts have been scrambling to meet new sanitation levels that have never been seen before in the tourism world.
So how does an all-inclusive resort with 2300 rooms not become a hot bed for Covid-19?
Moon Palace Resort in Cancun has set the stage with one of the most rigourous sanitation programs we’ve seen so far with over 140 preventative measures added with what the hotel is calling their ‘Purely Palace‘ program.
At first glance it’ll almost look like you’ve stepped into a really fancy ocean front hospital. All resort staff will be wearing face masks and housekeeping will take it a step further with face shields and rubber gloves.
Some of the biggest changes you’ll notice at the resort are social distancing markers, à la carte service only (no buffet), every 30 minutes there is a ‘hand wash pause’, all staff will be wearing face masks and check in will happen through a mobile app.
Other major changes include closing the swim up bar and maxium capacity rules in place that will allow for social distancing in public spaces including gyms, bars, restaurants and entertainment shows.
Some of the other safety measures in place will include temperature checks for employees and complete sanitation of footwear and uniforms upon entering the resort.
Hotel guests will be asked to sign a declaration of health, confirming they are free of any COVID-19 related symptoms, have not had tested positive or come into contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days.
Incoming guests’ luggage will be immediately disinfected upon arrival.
Upon checkout each hotel room will go through a complete sanitation process using a electrostatic nebulizer system and steaming the mattress after each guest to remove any bacteria or virus.
According to the Moon Palace website, a health certification will be placed in each room, guaranteeing that everything has been completely disinfected to the highest and strictest standard.
Guests will also receive a personal hygiene kit in their rooms, which will include antibacterial gel, facemasks (for optional use, one per person) and disinfecting wipes.
While all of these measure are very impressive the question still remains. Will it be enough to stop the spread of Covid-19?
Only time will tell but until then, governments, tourists, hotels and resorts around the world will have their eyes on Mexico.