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Cancun Eases Restrictions As Spring Break Approaches

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The Governor of Quintana Roo has announced an easing of restrictions for Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum as the Mexican Caribbean prepares for an influx of travelers for spring break. State governor Carlos Joaquin announced that the state epidemiological light will change from orange to yellow which allows for more occupancy at hotels, restaurants and beaches.

The Governor stated that the reduced warning level comes after a drop in Covid-19 infections in the state. The official twitter account of the Quintana Roo government updated the latest easing of restrictions including:

  • Increased hotel occupancy levels to 60%
  • Increased restaurant occupancy to 60%
  • Beach capacity will be increased to 60%
  • Tourist attractions, tours and historical sites my operate at 60%
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Casinos, public transportation and conventions halls are limited to 50% of normal capacity. Nightclubs, bars, discos and night entertainment venues must remain closed. Travelers continue to report to Travel Off Path that some night venues are open that also double as restaurants but expect that most nightclubs may be closed.

Shopping centers, malls, gyms and spas are all open but will be operating with limited occupancy.

Day beds in Cancun

This is the first time the entire state of Quintana Roo will revert back to a yellow warning level since the busy holiday season at the end of December. The Governor did have concerns over the state continuing to flip flop between the yellow and orange warning levels saying it continues to negatively impact the economy.

“When the protocols are respected, the epidemiological light immediately indicates it,” Carlos Joaquín said, reported the Riviera Maya News.

Shops in Playa Del Carmen

Restrictions in Quintana Roo Travelers Need To Know

The following restrictions apply to top vacation spots including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel and the entire state of Quintana Roo.

Beach operating hours will be limited from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily and alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Masks are required in all public areas and fines or jail time may apply for offenders that refuse to follow the rules.

Temperatures will be taken at all entrance points to public facilities including restaurants, hotels and shops. Additionally, travelers should expect the mandatory use of hand sanitizer at the entrance of most establishments.

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Cancun Airport Entry Requirements

When passengers arrive at the Cancun airport they can expect the following rules and prevention measures:

  • Travelers must present a QR code that shows they have completed the online health declaration form.
  • Travelers must wear a face mask at all times in the Cancun International airport
  • Travelers must maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters.
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Travelers Returning Home From Mexico

Americans must provide proof of negative Covid-19 antigen test in order to board their flight home to the United States. Many hotel chains are now offering free testing at resorts, and even going as far as offering free two-week hotel stays in case tourist tests positive

Canadians returning home from Mexico by must be prepared for 3 Covid-19 tests including proof of a negative PCR test to board their flight, plus a 3 day hotel quarantine and an additional 11 day home quarantine.

Tourists on Beach in Playa Del carmen

While this years party may be toned down due to the pandemic, Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will still be one of Americans top spring break destinations for 2021.

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