The Governor Of Quintana Roo Suggests The Situation Has Greatly Improved
The Governor of Quintana Roo suggested that a return to the green level on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system is possible this week. Cancun and the rest of the state have been at a yellow level for the last two weeks.
The news will be widely celebrated by tourists and locals alike. Governor Carlos Joaquin made the announcement on the government’s official communications website, noting that the infection rate, hospitalization rate, and current infections had dropped significantly.
Although Joaquin did not explicitly state that the change would be announced on Thursday, his demeanor and verbiage suggested that all statistical aspects of the criteria used to designate the traffic light level had improved.
Earlier this week, he had stated that the infection rate was at its lowest point since the start of the pandemic. According to the announcement last week that confirmed the state’s yellow level for one more week, both hospitalization rate and infection were in the green level, while only the total number of infections was sitting in the yellow zone.
As a week has passed since that announcement, and the infection rate has continued to decrease, it is a fair assumption that the total number of infected may well have fallen into the green level.
The state as a whole has made huge steps towards normality outside of the tourist sector as over a hundred thousand students headed back to school for the first time in weeks, further evidence of the governor’s clear intention to move forward into the future despite the threat of COVID.
Speaking in his video, Joaquin said “We already have very low levels of positive cases every day, the number of hospitalized people has decreased, the number of infected has also decreased. The number of deaths has also decreased and this allows us to see a horizon with many possibilities to continue forward in the recovery of our economy, generating greater confidence in our destinations, inviting more people to come and see us, to get to know us and of course go hand in hand in solving the problems that Quintana Roo has in its growth.”
Under the current restrictions, which are less severe than a year ago, hotels and restaurants are limited in their operational capacity. With that said, even in the orange level weeks ago, many of the hotels affected were granted special permission to go above and beyond the designated figures.
If the green level is announced on Thursday, the state will change its restrictions on Monday. The green level will remove virtually all restrictions across the entire economy. It will be business as usual for the vast majority of hotels, restaurants, and tourist companies. Tourists themselves may not feel as much of a difference unless there is a spike in arrivals.
Some tourists have previously suggested they have chosen not to travel to Cancun due to the restrictions and covid rates but, according to the statistics, the effect has not been as profound as many would have expected. Regardless, any reservations held by uneasy tourists may be quelled and a surge could be anticipated.
The spring break period is fast approaching and families may be spurred on to take a break as the last of the winter weather comes through. Although there are 20,000 spring breakers anticipated, it’s not likely their presence will be much of a detriment to other tourists.
The governor did stress that basic hygiene regulations should be followed to help continue with the positive trends, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and avoiding enclosed spaces.
The announcement will be made on Thursday as to whether the level will change.
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