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Cancun Beaches Remain Open While Bars Close Under New Restrictions

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The Mayors of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen have announced that the beaches will remain open despite an increased epidemiological warning level. Cases of Covid-19 have surged in the region and the Governor has announced that the northern part of the state will revert back to an ‘orange' warning level. 

Beaches in the popular resort town of Tulum will also remain open. 

Cancun Beach

With the new ‘orange' warning level starting on January 25th, many tourism related businesses will be affected. Here is everything travelers need to know about the new restrictions. 

Bars, Discos & Nightclubs 

All bars, discos and nightclubs have been forced to close in northern Quintana Roo. This includes the resort destinations of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.

Cancun bar

Hotels & Restaurants

Restaurants will continue to operate but must follow strict protocols including a maximum capacity of 50%. Restaurant will be open for both dine in and take out and there are currently no restrictions on the service of alcohol.

Resorts and hotels will remain open including all amenities such as pools, gyms, restaurants and spas. Hotels must cut back total occupancy to 50% of rooms and enforce 50% capacity in all public areas and amenities. 

Cancun hotel

Public and Resort Beaches

All beaches will remain open but will operate at a maximum of 30% capacity being patrolled by state and local law enforcement. 

Alcohol is still prohibited on all beaches in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.

cancun beach tourists

Cancun Mayor Mara Lezama stated that she wasn't surprised about the roll back to an orange level warning for the city. 

“People thought that the disease was over and that the virus is gone, it's not gone, it's still here. We are still in the middle of a pandemic,” Lezama stated. 

Beautiful beach in Cancun, Mexico - Playa Delfines.

Cancun and Playa Del Carmen Respond to U.S. Travel Restrictions

Resorts and clinics around Quintana Roo have quickly adapted to news of mandatory testing for U.S. travelers returning home. Many resorts began offering on-site free Covid-19 testing for guest while testing clinics sprung up overnight offering affordable solutions for all travelers. As a last resort travelers may also get tested at the Cancun international airport.

older couple at airport wearing masks

New Quarantine Order For U.S. Travelers

President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring all U.S. travelers to follow CDC recommended guidelines for self-quarantine when they return from international travel.  It's unclear at this time if the quarantine order  will be mandatory as no formal  measures or communication have been announced by the U.S. State Department. 

Control tower of the international airport in Cancun

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Timothy R McEwen

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I moved to Tulum in 2005 to build some condos on a piece of land that I bought. I lived there, ate the locally grown food, drank the water and juices and only once in three years did I ever get sick and it was a doozie. I continue to travel to Cancun, Playa and Tulum for medical purposes including major surgery and the outcome has been first rate. I am more concerned about quality of care in the US than in am about that in Mexico.


Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Is there any information as to until when the bars/clubs etc will stay closed?


Tuesday 26th of January 2021

If bars have to close, all they need to do is to provide food, and problem solved. These so called restrictions aren’t really game ganging. Governors can take real measures as they are aware people had it with their circus. Meanwhile the national government of Mexico has been very sensitive to businesses and nothing will change in that regard despite pressure by Biden.

Edward Kowalski

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

" testing clinics sprung up overnight offering affordable solutions for all travelers. "... Click on the link and testing is between $100-$150 per person. Who thinks that is affordable?

Vinny the Adventurer

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I love your website and everything y’all do, but the hits just keep on coming so I guess I should take a break. Lol