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Cancun Will Not Revert To Red Alert – What Travelers Need To Know

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The Governor of Quintana Roo has announced that the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum will remain at the orange alert for the week starting on May 24th. Here is everything travelers need to know about traveling to Cancun right now during the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Governor Carlos Joaquin confirmed that the state will remain at orange but “the outlook is not encouraging due to the increase in infections in recent weeks, which brings us closer to red, so it is necessary to implement urgent measures,” he stated at press conference.

Carlos Joaquin reminded businesses that all prevention protocols including capacity limits must be followed or fines and license suspensions will be issued.

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How Are Tourists Affected By The Restrictions?

Don’t go canceling your trip just yet, especially if you are vaccinated. While the dangers from Covid-19 are real, visitors are likely to notice very little difference in tourism activity.

Tourism has been deemed an essential service so hotels and restaurants will still be operating at limited capacity. In most cases, visitors will not be affected by the new rules in place.


Here are some of the new rules so visitors headed to Cancun can be aware of the restrictions. The only travelers that may notice a difference are those that are night owls who love to party.

  1. Streets may be closed from 11:00 pm until 3:00 am to stop crowds from forming in high congestion party areas.
  2. Nightclubs could be closed but many visitors are reporting discos and bars remain open. This could change at anytime.
  3. The use of masks may be enforced. More reminders from authorities to wear a mask may be in place. The use of masks on beaches is not enforced.

Businesses are bearing most of the brunt when it comes to keeping visitors safe. The state has repeatedly said that it will be their focus to ensure businesses are following protocols.

A reminder that Covid-19 cases in the state are still surging. The state of Quintana Roo reported 181 new Covid infections and 11 deaths on Thursday.


Tourism will go on in Cancun as it has since June of 2020. It was the first city to reopen for tourism after the pandemic hit and has seen over 10 million visitors since.

Cancun has been the tourism mecca of the world during the pandemic and that is unlikely to change. The United States is the number one source of tourists for Cancun and the country is reporting that almost half of their population is fully vaccinated.


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