Quintana Roo Governor Pushes For The End Of Pandemic And Economic Development
Cancun and the rest of Quintana Roo will remain for another week at the yellow level on Mexico’s Epidemiological Traffic Light System. The announcement was made by Quintana Roo governor, Carlos Joaquin.
Although not returning to the green level, remaining at yellow will be seen as good news for most tourists and residents of Cancun. According to the Governor, infection rates are dropping across the state, and things are on track for further loosening of the restrictions.
Speaking on the state YouTube channel, Governor Joaquin stated, “In the past days we have seen a decrease in cases in practically all municipalities of Quintana Roo.” According to the diagram posted to the Governor’s twitter and the state websites, hospitalizations and infection rates are both in what would be considered the green level. The only statistic holding the state in yellow is the number of total daily cases.
Joaquin has previously made his current stance on the pandemic clear, prioritizing the economic recovery, while keeping the state safe. This week, he echoed the sentiment saying “We are in yellow for a second week and there we are going to stay. As you know, Yellow is a level that asks us to be careful but allows us to continue advancing the development of the economy and our social development.”
The current restrictions won’t be felt very strongly by visitors to the area, as establishments like hotels are able to run at 85% of their operational capacity. Some hotels have received special dispensation to go above and beyond the quoted percentage, so for most tourists, the difference will be minimal. Businesses will be hoping the green level is on the horizon, fully removing any economic barriers they may be up against.
Most other activities are sitting around the same operational rates, but those hoping to plan certain things on arrival should definitely get in touch with their tour operators to ensure that all spaces haven’t been filled up already.
The future is looking strong for Cancun, and the city is set to welcome as many tourists as possible this year to continue its stratospheric growth over the past year or two. The governor mentioned that “In the coming months, we will have s significant amount of airplane seats guaranteed, and by September we will be meeting the goals we’ve set for airplane seats and hotel occupation rates.”
All of this is good news for Cancun, especially after the last few weeks have seen travel advisories in the US and Canada suggesting safety may be an issue for tourists. A recent headline-grabbing incident at the Hotel Xcaret saw two organized criminals executed in broad daylight.
As shocking as the events were, the statistics continue to show that violent crime against tourists is exceptionally rare in Cancun and Quintana Roo as a whole. As safeguards, the government has implemented higher levels of security including the new addition of the tourist security battalion, a 1500 strong national guard force that patrols the region and discourages any movements from organized crime.
The country was also added to the Do Not Travel list because of its COVID rates. This should also be taken in context, considering the current list contains 135 countries or two-thirds of the planet.
As the winter months ease in the North and cases take a natural dip globally, Cancun’s year is looking bright for tourists and locals alike. The governor compared his thinking to that of Norway and Denmark who are both making bold moves to step into a pandemic-free future and some semblance of normality.
The yellow level extension will begin on Monday and last for a week. The next announcement will be next Thursday as always.
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