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Cancun & Riviera Maya Begin 2nd Phase Of Tourism Reopening as Risk Level Drops

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The Governor of Quintana Roo has announced that the entire state has a reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission as the epidemiological light was dropped from ‘orange' to ‘yellow'.

This allows Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and the Riviera Maya to begin the next stage of tourism reopening which includes increased hotel capacities and the opening of archaeological tourist attractions. 

Resort on white sand beach in Cancun
Resort on white sand beach in Cancun

Quintana Roo Governor, Carlos Joaquín made the announcement on Thursday in a press release stating that the entire state would now be dropped to a lower transmission risk of ‘yellow'.

Many tourists have been waiting for the announcement of the state's famous archaeological sites to reopen.

As of September 13th, 2020 travelers will once again be able to visit the following archaeological zones:

  • Tulum
  • Cobá
  • San Gervasio
  • Muyil
Tourists climbing the Nohoch Mul pyramid at the Coba archaeological site prior to the pandemic, Coba is a large ruined city of the Pre-Columbian Mayan civilization

Hotels, restaurants, historical sites, theme parks, golf courses and tourist services will now be able to operate at 60% capacity. 

Prior to the announcement tourism businesses had been limited to a maximum of 30%.

The news will be a welcome relief to hotels in Cancun that had been filled to the 30% capacity after a surge in tourism resulted in over 70,000 tourists to the beach city in its first month after reopening. 

Aerial view of Cancun resorts on the beach

Other services that impact tourism will be able to operate at an increased capacity of 60% include: 

  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Religious services
  • Theaters and cinemas
  • Shopping centers
  • Department stores
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Hairdressers
  • Spas
  • Beauty salons
Tourists Arrive at the Cancun International airport during COVID-19 wearing face masks
Tourists Arrive at the Cancun International airport during COVID-19 wearing face masks

Outdoor fitness clubs and facilities will be able to operate at 70% capacity and indoor gyms will be limited to 50% capacity to allow for social distancing. 

The following business remain closed: 

  • Schools
  • Bars,
  • Nightclubs,
  • Discos
  • Entertainment centers
Venues like the Coco Bongo club in Cancun will remain closed

The Governor stated he was proud of the people of Quintana Roo in the discipline they have shown in terms of wearing face masks, using proper hygiene and social distancing. 

Aerial view of dreams resort cancun
Aerial view of dreams resort cancun

In an address to the state the Governor said, “Hope is fundamental. The hope that Quintana Roo will recover its economy, that Quintana Roo will shine again as a state in which jobs are created, a state that has the opportunity to provide a better standard of living for its families, families who have come from many places to work, to seek a better standard of living for themselves, for their children, for their partners, for the whole family,” reported the Riviera Maya News.

Tourist resort hotel overlooking the beach of Cancun

 Mexico has been a popular destination during the COVID-19 pandemic for its easy entry requirements that do not require PCR testing or quarantines on arrival. 

Last week the Dominican Republic followed suit by eliminating their own requirement for a negative PCR test and even adding free travel insurance for visitors to the island. 

cancun strip of resorts on beach

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Disclaimer: Mexico's reopening news can change without notice and is being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.


Sunday 13th of September 2020

When my wife and I started going to Cancun and playa they were nice with the old shops and restaurants now you might as well go to LA in Cali. Thinking maybe Tulum.


Sunday 13th of September 2020

Highly recommend Tulum. I spent probably two weeks there, in one of my trips to Mexico. It's really beautiful. The tourist crowds are normally off-putting but should be down now. It has an upscale Bohemian vibe. There is a monkey preserve towards Coba that cannot be missed (but everyone misses it, silly!). The ruins of Tulum are gorgeous and filled with incredible iguana. Swimming is warm but not always placid, but go to the cenotes if not. Unsure if Yucatan is open yet, but there are some incredible spots there too. But yes, Tulum is my favorite for this part of Mexico. Rent a car, by the way, and stay on the beach in a tree house type hotel if possible. White sand beach and delicious food!

I don't love Cancun or Playa, but further South is nice. Tulum has a nice (very) local fruit market too.


Sunday 13th of September 2020

We are going next June hopewell can this time.

Tabitha Tomerlin

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Europe is about to face another lock down it will be awhile.


Sunday 13th of September 2020

All of Europe? Or just some countries? Do you happen to know or have a source for this?

Seems silly considering Sweden is seeing a strong decline in cases and never had any lockdown. I wonder if some EU countries will refuse? The economic decimation is not necessary.

John Sas

Saturday 12th of September 2020