Cancun coronavirus update: daily new cases, deaths, and other Covid-19 info

30/11/2020

As of today, Cancun coronavirus cases reached 6,737 positive infections and 1,224 deaths. Benito Juarez (where Cancun is located) is the jurisdiction with the most cases in the state of Quintana Roo, followed by Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen).

Cancun coronavirus news
Cancun coronavirus news

Cancun has responded quickly to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by implementing rigorous protocols that ensure safety without limiting leisure and vacation time.

Hotels have installed everything from floor dividers and spaced pool chairs (to remind guests of social distancing) to motion-activated doors and hand sanitizers strategically placed throughout the facility so visitors can enjoy their stay while staying healthy.

The employees working at the Cancun and Riviera Maya resorts go above and beyond to keep everything clean and disinfected. They disinfect pool chairs after each use and clean and disinfect public areas frequently. The establishments also have barriers and screens at the counters where guests and employees interact.

There is limited interaction, as resorts are using QR codes for travelers to download all the information they may need during their stay. From restaurant menus and spa treatments to tours and daily resort schedules, guests can explore all the new features from their personal devices.

Therefore, the all-inclusive hotels and resorts, most of which have private beaches, quality restaurants, and a complete range of leisure activities, have everything necessary to offer tourists an idyllic and safe vacation in times of pandemic.

Cancun is located at a yellow state signal that has allowed for fewer restrictions and increased occupancy in the destination. The Cancun International Airport has seen a gradual increase in the arrival of international travelers, which is also reflected in hotel occupancy.

Cancun coronavirus cases
Cancun coronavirus cases

The public beaches of northern Quintana Roo, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, and Tulum, are open at 60% of their capacity. Also the hotels of the northern region of Quintana Roo, golf courses, tourist sites, and theme parks. Bars, nightclubs, and discos will remain closed.

The opening of beaches, hotels, and tourist areas is gradual, with safety protocols, the use of masks, and social distance.

Activities such as water skiing, sailing, rowing, fishing, and cycling, will be able to open 100% in these places, which are shown in yellow at the traffic light that has been created to determine the state of the infection in each area of the country and its return to normal

Cancun, the favorite beach resort for national and international tourists, received the highest flow of visitors in the last four months, although it is still far from the volumes it captured before the mobility restrictions caused by the coronavirus.

Cancun coronavirus update
Cancun coronavirus update

In spite of the effects generated by the coronavirus coronavirus pandemic, Cancun continues to demonstrate its tourist potential at a global level with a gradual economic reactivation, prioritizing the issue of health.

Cancun was the first destination to be granted the "Safe Travels" certificate by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which gave national and international tourism the confidence to visit this tourist pole.

Among the achievements recently obtained by the present administration, in the field of tourism, are the four "Platinum Beach" certifications for the resorts of Las Perlas, Chac Mool, Ballenas, and Del Niño, issued by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification. In addition to having seven public beaches and three hotel beaches with the Blue Flag award, there are three other sustainable clean beach certifications.

Regarding the economic reactivation, currently, all public beaches are open with a maximum capacity of 60%, while 127 hotels are operating in the municipality with more than 29 thousand rooms, maintaining occupation of 38.9% in the Hotel Zone and 27.9% in the center.

Cancun Covid-19 cases trend line. Image: Ministry of Health
Cancun Covid-19 cases trend line. Image: Ministry of Health

The federal government is aiming higher and expects Cancun to reach 70 percent occupancy in its hotels by the end of this year. This has been predicted by the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, venturing to predict that Cancun will have an occupation of between 65 and 70 percent.

"I dare say that Cancun could close with an occupancy rate of between 65 and 70 percent. Eighty-five percent of our winter tourism has this destination in the first place, followed by Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta", he pointed out to Radio Turquesa. After the abrupt fall of tourism in April, starting in June, Cancun started to have a slight but constant recovery, with the forecast of closing with 13 points below last year.

At the end of August, everything predicted that Cancun's occupancy would be 60%, but the arrival of more flights, among other initiatives, has fed the expectations that have grown both for hoteliers and for the authorities.

Torruco has also highlighted the advantage that the United States has lowered from 4 to 3 the level of the coronavirus alert in Mexico for its citizens. The traveler profile has been modified and now looks for destinations with an average of four and a half hours of flight time. There, Mexico has a fairly acceptable range for them to come.

All health regulations for coronavirus have been applied in Cancun to guarantee tourism safety.

Cancun and the whole of Quintana Roo have been strongly affected by the collapse of travelers from the United States and Canada because of the coronavirus situation. Until August, Quintana Roo had received 1.6 million passengers from both countries, considered strategic markets. From the United States, 1.2 million travelers were attracted, with a drop of 59.1% compared to 2019, while from Canada, 452,553 people arrived, with a drop of 47.1%.

According to data from the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council, this year the U.S. market is the second with the highest flow, representing 40.3 percent of total arrivals, only below the national one which is 56%. Optimism is served by hoteliers who expect occupancy to rise with the arrival of new flights.

Flights

Cancun's tourist recovery continues to challenge the coronavirus and show signs of an upward trend. As long as the United States continues to allow travel by its citizens and Mexico advances in the epidemiological tier light, by the end of the year flights, could increase from 60 percent to 100 percent occupancy, as well as hotels.

The International Airport of Cancun is already close to 400 daily operations, according to data from Aeropuertos del Sureste (Asur). Last weekend, the main air terminal of the Mexican Caribbean carried out 382 operations, 199 arrivals (73 are national and 126 international), and 183 departures (71 national, 112 international).

The number of international destinations with scheduled operations, mostly from the United States, continues to increase: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bogota, Boston, Calgary, Camaguey, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, Hartford, Holguin, Houston, Indianapolis, Havana, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, Orlando, Panama, Paris, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake, San Francisco, San Luis, Santiago de Cuba, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, Washington, and Zurich.

As for the international airlines currently scheduled to operate to Cancun are Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, Alaska, American, Copa, Delta, Edelweiss, Frontier, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Spirit, Southwest, Sun Country, Sunwing, Swoop, United and West Jet.