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Cancun Officials Tighten Restrictions After 44 Argentine Students Test Positive

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Cancun officials are tightening restrictions for travelers after 44 Argentine students tested positive upon returning home from the resort city. Director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, Darío Flota Ocampo has said there will be an increased focus on ensuring that visitors are following all health protocols.


“Stronger measures will be taken in the face of Easter to prevent it from being another source of contagion,” Flota Ocampo stated. The Director was specifically referring to health protocols not being followed on beaches and that city authorities will be watching for those that do not follow the rules.

“It is necessary for everyone on the beaches to assume their part,” he cautioned, reported the Riviera Maya News. “Local authorities had done this strictly at the beginning, but they need to resume that role otherwise, we are going to go back.”

cancun beach tourists

Beaches are open in Cancun but restrictions are in place that all visitors must follow including:

  • No Alcohol
  • Visitors must maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters
  • Maximum capacity of 60% enforced by officials
Cancun beach with tourists

Cancun Officials Recommend Visitors Stay In Certified Areas

The Tourism Promotion Council is recommending that all visitors stay in areas that have been certified and only visit places where health protocols are being followed. The council voiced that many businesses have invested heavily in keeping visitors safe and that tourists should choose to stay if those locations first. “Not all people who visit us remain within the certified facilities and maintain healthy distance, use face mask properly and frequently wash their hands,” Flota Ocampo stated.

cancun beach chairs

The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council is reminding all visitors to do their part and respect the health protocols while visiting Cancun. Local and state authorities will step up patrols to ensure that all visitors are wearing face masks and following proper social distancing in all public spaces. Cancun is currently operating under the yellow stop light warning which sets out the permitted activities in the region based on the number on Covid-19 cases.

beach cancun

The yellow stop light allows for the following:

  • Hotel occupancy levels to 60%
  • Restaurant occupancy to 60%
  • Beach capacity will be increased to 60%
  • Tourist attractions, tours and historical sites my operate at 60%

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.

tourists on beach in cancun

New concerns came after the government of Argentina reported on Saturday that 44 students who returned from a graduation trip to Cancun tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at the Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires.

According to the Ministry of Health of Argentina, the full group was made up of 149 graduates that are residents of Buenos Aires.

Tourists Arrive at the Cancun International airport during COVID-19 wearing face masks

In response to the 44 students who tested positive, Flota Ocampo stated “protocols have been strict, but there are visitors who leave the certified areas, the hotels and restaurants, and who have to be responsible for their own protection, to maintain health recommendations, wear face masks, wash their hands, avoid physical contact,” he said reported the Riviera Maya News.


According to Flota Ocampo, the Secretary of Tourism has reached out to the Argentine tour operator to find out the hotel where the students had stayed at to reduce the risk of further contagion.

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Saturday 20th of March 2021

We went to Cancun couple weeks ago and NO ONE entering mexico checked our covid test results I had in my purse! Not the airline, airport or resort! They did test us before leaving but why would they want to house you for two weeks? So they say we are all positive to get us out and back home. My theory .....

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 20th of March 2021

No one checked you because mexico does not require testing to enter. Everyone, from every country, is free to enter Mexico with no tests or quarantines. That has been the policy since they reopened in June 2020


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Having been in Cancun for most of February, their protocols for COVID 19 are absolutely three fold BETTER than the US! 100% better than where I live in OHIO

First Last

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Like the majority of politicians, the governments of Quintana Roo may be politically astute, but they are medically stupid.


Monday 15th of March 2021

The federal authorities have to do they part to insure the covid test companies are no given fake tests in the airport because that activity is unsafe to the people in the plane.


Monday 15th of March 2021

Cancun is a zoo. Better fly to better parts of Mexico with no Covid restrictions. Chiapas is my favorite.

A Greco

Monday 15th of March 2021

@Christian,Cancun is the best of Mexico, no tourists want to visit Chiapas when they travel to Mexico, including Mexican nationals. Disfruta Chiapas solo !

Adrean Pachetti

Monday 15th of March 2021

@Christian, Ive been to a lot of parts of Mexico. Always wanted to go to chiapas. Is it safe?