Cancun will return to the yellow epidemiological traffic light from Monday, September 13 to Sunday, September 19, as announced by Governor Carlos Manuel Joaquin Gonzalez, after beginning to glimpse a drop in cases of infection of the new COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The governor warned that this change will be made with all health prevention measures. Carlos Joaquin urged citizens not to lower their guard and to continue with all preventive measures against COVID-19, especially now that the national holidays are approaching. "It would be unfortunate to return, next week, to the orange stoplight".
COVID-19 infection curve decreases in Quintana Roo at the county level
The Governor of Quintana Roo explained that the summary of new cases of COVID-19 at the municipal level showed a decrease in the infection curve:
Bacalar decreased 48%.
Benito Juarez (Cancun) decreased 41%.
Cozumel decreased 57%.
Felipe Carrillo Puerto decreased 75%.
Isla Mujeres decreased 64%.
José María Morelos decreased 44% Lázaro Cárdenas decreased 44
Lázaro Cárdenas decreased 49%.
Puerto Morelos decreased 49%.
Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) decreased 50%.
Tulum decreased 18%.
Only Othón P. Blanco registered a 9% increase in COVID-19 infections.
This is how Cancun businesses will operate in the yellow scenario
Activities that will have normal activity:
Public security, procurement, and administration of justice.
Hospitals and medical services.
Retail food trade: food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, tortilla shops, and similar.
Banks and financial institutions.
Fishing and agriculture.
Water purification plants.
Opening at 75%:
Accounting, administrative and professional services.
Sales of household goods and computers.
Opening at 70%:
Congresses, conventions, exhibitions, and fairs in outdoor areas. In enclosed spaces open at 50%.
Gyms and sports clubs in open-air areas. In enclosed spaces open at 50%.
Opening at 60%:
Hotels, restaurants, historic sites, theme parks, golf courses, and tourist services.
Beaches and public parks.
Cinemas and theaters.
Hairdressers and beauty salons.
Manufacturing (Manufacture of machinery, equipment, etc.).
Opening at 50%:
Motorcycles: 1 person.
Private vehicles: 4 persons maximum.
Cabs: 3 persons maximum (including driver).
Public transportation: 50% of capacity.
Flights from Canada
Flights from Canada resumed in September to the Mexican Caribbean, and it is projected that an avalanche of Canadians will arrive, surpassing the figures of 2019. The federal Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, pointed out that until December 2021, a large number of programmed seats are registered.
The destinations with the most seats scheduled from Canada to Mexico are Cancun with 81,007 seats and Mexico City with 78,432 seats. Sectur forecasts that Air Canada alone will mobilize approximately 196,000 passengers between September and December of this year, surpassing the 171,617 passengers it transported in the same period of 2019.
However, they warn that the resumption is not a definitive decision as during 2021, on two previous occasions the decision to open flights from Canada, the second most important international market for the Mexican Caribbean, after the United States, has been postponed. In 2019, Cancun received one million 186,480 travelers from Canada, in 2020 it only reached 475,843 tourists, with a drop of 59.89%, due to the restrictions generated by the pandemic.
Following the announcement by the Government of Canada to reopen international borders on September 7, Air Canada is getting ready to return to Mexico with 22 weekly flights from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, in Boeing 737-8 aircraft for 169 passengers in both Business and Economy cabins. (Air Canada returns to Mexico in a month with 22 weekly flights).
The easing of restrictions will allow Mexicans to travel to Canada again, provided they have completed their vaccination schedule with those accepted by the Government of Canada (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and J&J) at least 14 days prior to travel and meet specific entry requirements for non-core travel.