The region of Quintana Roo in Mexico, known for its popular vacation destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, is loosening its COVID-19 restrictions, moving from orange to yellow, starting on March 1.
Mexico uses a stoplight system to demote the varying degrees of restrictions in each state, with red being the most restrictive and green being the least, and orange and yellow falling in between.
Moving from orange to yellow means beaches and public parks will be open at 60 percent capacity (up from 30 percent previously). Hotels, restaurants, historic sites, theaters, theme parks, golf courses, and tourist services are now also open at 60 percent capacity. Gyms and sports clubs are allowed to open at 70 percent in outdoor areas, and 50 percent in closed spaces.
While this might be welcome news for those planning spring break trips, it’s important to keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet. Safety protocols are still in place, and if you’re considering visiting Mexico this spring, it’s crucial to follow them.
Anyone going to Mexico is required to complete a health declaration form before arrival, and must be tested for COVID-19 before returning to the United States. Mask requirements are also in place throughout Mexico, including on beaches and at hotels, restaurants, and shops.