Carnivals in Cancun and Cozumel canceled due to COVID-19

The measure would be assumed in all the municipalities of Quintana Roo, as per agreement with municipal presidents and the Ministry of Health.

Carnivals in Cancun and Cozumel canceled due to COVID-19
Cancun Carnival. Image: Agencies

The carnivals of Cancun and Cozumel 2022 were officially canceled as a preventive measure due to the new wave of Covid-19 and its variants that hit these tourist destinations, with record numbers of contagions among the population. After the return to the epidemiological yellow traffic light and the chain of contagions registered in the last few days, the mayors of Cancun, Mara Lezama Espinosa and Juanita Alonso Marrufo of Cozumel confirmed the cancellation of the activities of Carnival 2022.

Cancun and Cozumel join Chetumal and Isla Mujeres, municipalities that had already canceled this celebration in the past few days. Mara Lezama, Cancun's municipal president, stated this Thursday that due to the exponential increase of contagions in Cancun, the municipal government announced the cancellation of the Carnival for the second consecutive year, a decision that was made together with the state government and the Ministry of Health.

For her part, Juanita Alonso, municipal president of Cozumel, informed that the traditional carnival of this island is canceled due to the increase of Covid cases at the local, national, and world level.

She pointed out that during the last few weeks, the whole world has been suffering an excessive increase in the cases of Covid-19 infections and Cozumel is no exception, reason why, together with the Organizing Committee of the most traditional celebration of the island, they decided to postpone all the activities related to the celebration of the carnival in its 2022 edition, because there are no sanitary conditions suitable for its realization.

Quintana Roo has registered in the last few years a sudden increase of contagions affecting tourist and economic activities, the closing of some offices such as those of the Taxi Drivers Union, commercial flights at the Cancun airport and resulting in the imposition of restrictions in schedules and forums to establishments such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other service providers.