Are you fed up with wearing masks? After two years of COVID-19—most people have some type of mask fatigue.
Cancun, however, has finally ended its COVID-19 mask mandate after 0 deaths occurred in the region in five weeks and cases average below 20 per day.
The New Mask Rules
According to Mexico News Daily, the state of Quintana Roo has made masks optional in the Caribbean coast state—which is home to Tulum, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel.
However, the governor of Quintana Roo—Carlos Joaquín—suggested people with medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, should continue to use masks when they’re unable to keep a safe distance from others.
He also encouraged the use of masks on public transit, such as buses and taxis with poor ventilation. Masks will remain mandatory in airports.
In addition, he said it’s preferable that workers, such as cashiers, waitstaff, and medical personnel, continue to wear face masks. However, it won’t be mandatory.
If the COVID-19 situation worsens, the governor said he’s willing to reintroduce the mask mandate.
He concluded with: “Remember, [the use of] face masks is a personal responsibility. Use one if you believe you could be exposed … to COVID,”
Quintana Roo isn’t the only Mexican state to drop its mask mandate; various other states have also dropped theirs. These include Baja California Sur, Baja California, Mexico City, Tamaulipas and Nuevo León.
The Current COVID-19 Situation In Quintana Roo
COVID-19 cases are at an all-time low in Quintana Roo. The current 7-day case average is only 15 in a state of 1.858 million. Case numbers in Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Holbox are also very low.
Currently, Mexico has designated Quintana Roo with a Green Rating based on current rates of infection and hospital occupancy. Therefore, Mexico suggests Quintana Roo is low-risk for COVID-19.
COVID-19 restrictions—now authorities have lifted the mask mandate in most indoor areas—are very low; It’s almost like returning to Cancun in 2019.
What Are Mexico’s COVID-19 Entry Requirements?
There are no entry requirements for Americans looking to visit Mexico.
Mexico became only the second nation worldwide to scrap all COVID-19 entry requirements, including proof of vaccination testing, and passenger locator forms, on January 1, 2022.
Mexico was also one of the least restricted destinations throughout the pandemic. The country never closed its borders. As a result, it became the world’s most popular tourist destination during COVID-19.
In summary, American travelers don’t need:
- Proof of vaccination
- Passenger locator forms
- To undergo quarantine
Is Cancun a Good Destination in 2022?
After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, millions of Americans are looking to travel in the summer of 2022. Cancun is the perfect destination in many eyes.
However, although Cancun has lifted most COVID-19 internal restrictions and entry requirements, the region will be very busy this summer.
Reports suggest hotels are almost fully booked throughout the area. Tourism experts believe Cancun will be more popular than in 2019—which has surprised many locals and travel companies.
So it’s a smart idea to book your Cancun accommodation now to save yourself the disappointment.
Jesus Almaguer, the president of the Hotels’ Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and Isla Mujeres, said: “The novelty is that we are getting back many of the connections that we’d lost in the European market. This will benefit the number of tourists that will arrive from July through September. That’s why the numbers are looking up.”
“Some hotels are already fully booked for the first week of July. The demand that they are seeing is primarily coming from tourism groups, weddings, and general travelers. With that, we expect to be able to reach similar numbers to the ones that we saw over the Easter break. This is a very good sign”
If Americans wish to escape the Cancun crowds, they should visit Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, or Cabo San Lucas instead.
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