NIZUC Resort And Spa Leads Cancun Into Uncertain Waters
The NIZUC Resort and Spa became the first hotel in Cancun to begin requiring negative COVID tests today.
NIZUC made the announcement on its website, informing its patrons that the new regulations would begin on Wednesday the 22nd, running until January 2nd.
The site stated:
“At NIZUC Resort & Spa, we aim to provide the highest standard of service in a safe and comfortable environment for both guests and employees.
Due to the recent increase in the Omicron virus, in order to prevent the spread during this upcoming holiday season, we are requiring that all guests 2 years and older, provide a negative result Antigen or PCR test, taken 24 hours prior to departure to Cancun (At home tests are accepted)
This will take effect for all arrivals starting on Wednesday December 22, 2021 through January 2nd, 2022.
All guests will need to provide this proof upon arrival at our resort.
In addition, our Covid protocols remain in place in order to provide the best experience during your stay at our resort.”
The Omicron strain of the COVID virus is spreading quickly across the world, with many countries in Europe already reintroducing regulations and lockdowns to help stem the infection rate.
Mexico, and Cancun in particular, has taken advantage of the stricter regulations across the Atlantic, using loose regulations and open borders to enjoy a massive growth trajectory over the course of the pandemic. While other countries’ tourist sectors have virtually disappeared, Cancun has become one of the top holiday destinations in the world.
NIZUC’s choice to require COVID tests is a bold one, considering One of Cancun’s biggest draws at the moment is its lack of entry requirements, including testing and vaccinations. On one hand, it’s possible the resort may lose business from any potential customers that are heading to Mexico to avoid similar regulations. On the other, it may attract some vacation goers who might have been put off by the lax stances on COVID.
Just last week, the governor of Quintana Roo warned locals and tourists of a potential regression to a yellow traffic light designation if Omicron could not be controlled. There were no rules announced by the Governor, but NIZUC appear to have taken heed of the message and implemented their own form of protection for their hotel.
It is unclear if any other hotels will follow in NIZUC’s footsteps. The same dilemma awaits any establishment who wants to bring in their own restrictions.
Any additional requirement may potentially put off some customers, but a statewide drop from green to yellow would mean hotels and restaurants could not operate at their full capacity. With the busiest numbers on record for the airport, and millions of tourists passing through over the next few weeks, a loss in capacity would be an infrastructural nightmare for the region.
It’s a balancing act for Quintana Roo, who’s greatest asset in their recovery has been inaction on the COVID front. Any major change to their requirements could tarnish the haven-like reputation they’ve built over the last year.
The next week will be an interesting period of time for the city, and only time will tell how much of a burden Omicron will be.
Visitors are strongly advised to check on any changes to travel restrictions , including when returning home to their own country.
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