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Cancun Close To Red Alert Level As Omicron Cases Continue To Surge

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Cancun Has Regressed To An Orange Traffic Light Designation

Cancun is edging closer to the highest alert level possible on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system. Further restrictions will be implemented in the hope that a red light designation can be avoided.

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The Governor of Quintana Roo announced that from the 24th of January until the 30th, the designation would be classified as orange. The change will be a regression after two weeks in the yellow zone.

Cancun received millions of visitors over the winter period from across the world who are drawn to the seaside resort by its relaxed rules on COVID. The economic success of that period of time is now hampering the outlook for the region.

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Omicron, the newest strain of COVID, is extremely quick-spreading, and the sheer volume of tourists left Cancun and Quintana Roo as a whole with skyrocketing infection rates. Several hospitals in the area were approaching full capacity while restaurants and hotels were left short-staffed as their workers came down with infections.

The yellow traffic light saw capacity reduced in most areas of the tourist industry with hotels seeing a 60% capacity limit, and establishments like bars and nightclubs being fully closed unless they served food.

The orange designation takes those restrictions further.

Quintana Roo Governor Announces Orange Alert Level At Press Conference (Image: Quintana Roo Government)

Bars, nightclubs, breweries, and other similar businesses are still required to be closed, and those that have managed to work around the rules will be looking at 50% or less capacity.

Restaurants and hotels are now looking at 50% capacity, a tough number to deal with after seeing relative success at 60%. A further loss of ten percent represents a good amount of financial hit, and smaller hotels and restaurants, in particular, will be feeling the pinch.

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The more worrying scenario is a continuation of the current trends leading to a further regression to the red level. Red would see a drastic drop in capacity and functionality across the entire economic spectrum. Even essential services would be limited in this case.

Restaurants would be forced to function at a 15% capacity, and would no longer provide dine-in options. Take out or delivery would be the only option in this case. Hotels would also be limited to 15%, leaving a massive hole in each establishment’s business. It is unclear what the protocol would be for those guests who have already booked rooms in a hotel during this period. In the yellow designation, some hotels were given permission to host around 20% more. Again, it was unclear what criteria had to be met for this to be allowed, but hotels will most likely be hoping that a similar system may be in place to lessen the blow.

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The rates have been increasing steadily, and the Governor’s warning was suggestive that Quintana Roo is on the path to red. The designations are based on infection rates, hospitalizations in the region, and the statistical trajectory that both factors suggest.

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The recent yellow designation did little to put off tourists. Most hotels were still showing the maximum capacity for the time, but another significant change in local restrictions may prove too much for even the most unworried of tourists. Many tours may be canceled, reorganized, or split into smaller groups due to the new restrictions, and an increasing rate of infection may prompt added worry of a vacation spent in self-isolation.

Many higher-end hotels have prepared for this instance, and offer self-isolation packages if a guest tests positive while on the premises.

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Anyone intending to travel to Quintana Roo in the near future is strongly advised to check in on their hotel booking and any other reservations they have to ensure there are no cancellations.

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Alma Diaz

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Cancun. Isn't closed.. been here since January 27 2022, At Riu Pennisula... must wear mask indoors but not at pool. Which is ok. NOW TO THE PEOPLE BEING NEGATIVE LOL. should of stayed home .. it's Cancunnnnnnnm

Linda diemieanl

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Love cancun bee b going every year since 1983


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I am heading there tommorrow???? Like everything is closed?????


Saturday 22nd of January 2022

We are at the Bahia complex in Akumal and the service is awful! They are not checking temperatures at all or asking for vac proof. In November at Rui, no temperature, no mask, no sanitizer=no eat! People serve themselves at buffet and gloves are not always available. They are drastically under staffed and are not even enforcing masks.

Margie Dee

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Y'all be careful if you're headed to Quintana Roo (pronounced ROW)! I was in Bacalar when it turned to RED & it was a nightmare to travel anywhere. We were driving back to Merida & we were pulled over, a herd of hostile "officials" duct-taped our doors & windows shut! Then they sprayed some kind of chemical on our car like fumigation! The "patron" yelled at my niece (driving) not to stop, not to open the doors & windows. Thank God we had A/C! It was so scary & driving thru the little villagrs where poor folks were lining the streets begging us to buy their food, arts & crafts was so sad! Police were yelling at them to go away & wayching to catch someone stopping for food, water, restroom, etc...We had to drive about 20 miles before we were pulled over again. They took off the duct tape fumigated the car again & we asked where we could take a restroom break. He said a Pemex station was up the road. When we got there we were surrounded once again by skinny angry men & when my niece asked politely for the restrooms one yelled No! She showed him a 50 peso note, he grabbed it & said to wait. He walked off & another angry man yelled for us to leave immediately!Scared to death, we left & we were soon in the Yucatan jungle. We found a little farm road & drove into the jungle to relieve ourselves behind the dense foliage. When we got to Merida, it was awful too! Too many details but restrictions, curfew, no alcohol sales period, only 2 can be in a car & the passenger has to ride in the back. Masks had to be worn inside the car & everywhere!!!Don't risk going to MX now. Wait for this all to be over. Instead go to the beaches in the USA!


Saturday 22nd of January 2022

@Margie Dee,

We plan to be in Cancun for 5 days starting on Tuesday 1-23-22. Thanks for the enlightening information and we are happy that you made it back 🏡