Quintana Roo Governor, Carlos Joaquín has warned that the state could see increased restrictions and be forced to return to an orange warning level as cases continue to surge in both Cancun and Tulum. If the current trend continues to rise, the state will revert back to orange beginning the first week of May.
The orange epidemiological light means tighter restrictions including reduced capacity levels at both restaurants and hotels.
“If there is no forceful action during this next week, it is most likely that next Thursday we will be announcing the return of Quintana Roo to orange,” explained Carlos Joaquín at his weekly press briefing. “Let’s not lower our arms, we are again very close to the orange color in our state traffic light so, we must take care of ourselves, and avoid at all costs reaching the orange color that would put us again in a predicament in terms of our economy.”
The municipality of Benito Juárez where Cancun is located has seen a 65% increase in Covid-19 cases in the last week. During the previous week, Tulum recorded an increase in cases of over 200% as an influx of tourism over Easter led to a strong surge.
Tulum officials have recently cracked down closing businesses and hotels that continue to flout capacity rules and social distancing regulations. At the beginning of April, 5 hotels were shut down in one weekend after they were caught filling rooms and amenities to over the allowed capacity.
Currently masks are required in all public areas of Cancun but enforcement for tourists is one of education rather than punishment. Only those refusing to wear a mask after being reminded could face fines. The use of masks on beaches is not enforces. Their is still currently a ban in place prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on public beaches.
If the state of Quintana Roo does revert back to orange restaurants, hotels and beaches must operate at no more than 30% of usual capacity. Mobility may also be restricted with the reinstallation of sanitary filters, street closures and various operations to limit road traffic. Authorities will also apply rapid Covid-19 tests and screenings in high risk areas.
Governor Carlos Joaquín stated that sanitary filters are set up for access into geographic spaces where typically large groups of tourists accumulate. The sanitary filters are already in place around Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and operate from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. usually around bars, discos and clubs.
The state of Quintana Roo has recorded 22,717 cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began resulting in 2596 deaths.
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