The tourism hotspots of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen have officially reopened to tourists. Surrounding vacation hotspots like Tulum, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel also reopened today.
Quintana Roo, the Mexican state where Cancun and other popular beach cities are located had been hinting they were aiming to reopen on June 8th, but the Mexico Government's ‘traffic light’ system had them in the red until this morning.
Mexico implemented a traffic light system based on the amount of Covid-19 infections in a given municipality which guides states to when they could reopen for tourism.
As of June 8th 2020, the north area of Quintana Roo has now moved from RED to ORANGE on Mexico’s traffic light system, making tourism possible again, albeit different than before.
The orange light is active from June 8th to June 14th where it will be evaluated again.
Alejandra Aguirre, The Secretary of Health for Quintana Roo tweeted the updated orange color this morning for Cancun which resides in the Benito Juarez municipality.
Playa Del Carmen also moved to orange as it's located in the municipality of Solidaridad.
Plan Reactivemos Quintana Roo— Alejandra Aguirre (@AleAguirreC_) June 8, 2020
Semáforo del 8 al 14 de junio
Zona norte: Naranja
Zona sur: Rojo
La reapertura económica será de manera gradual y ordenada. Actuemos responsablemente. Y recordemos que todas las medidas de prevención sanitaria continúan.#JuntosSaldremosAdelante pic.twitter.com/GaEIUdmSIv
Tulum, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos also moved to orange in their own respective municipalities.
Being upgraded to the orange traffic light will enable hotels, hotel beaches, restaurants, historic sites, theme parks, golf courses, nautical activities, and tourist-based businesses to operate, but at 30% of normal capacity.
Other businesses that are now open in the north of Quintana Roo (at 30%):
- religious services
- shopping malls
- department stores
The government of Quintana Roo is still asking tourist and locals to frequently wash hands, use face masks, practice social distancing, and to report any symptoms if they arise.
What is NOT open under the orange light:
- public beaches
- night clubs
The Hotel Associations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos & Isla Mujeres, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, and the Grand Costa Maya are working together to launch the #Come2MexicanCaribbean campaign, starting June 15.
This gives guests the opportunity to book their hotels at 50% off.
Have flights resumed to Cancun?
Throughout June and July you can fly into Cancun from: Dallas, Miami, Charlotte, Houston, Chicago, Orlando, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver and Calgary.
According to Expedia, Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are the two most searched international destinations for hotels by Americans.
Over the last two weeks Cancun hotels, restaurants and tour operators have been getting certified under new strict health measures set out by the government.
*Mexico's reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. Be sure to check with local officials before booking travel.