COVID Protocols in Mexico - August 2020
Cancun has had a strong recovery since it was shut down due to Coronavirus. They began welcoming travelers in June and by the end of June, the arrival count was around 44K international passengers. By August, the passenger count increased to just under 300K! I had to go see for myself what precautions and safety measures they put into place, so I ventured down at the end of August to tour some new and older resorts.
Prior to reopening, the resorts faced stringent third party inspections. This ensured they followed the required protocols before welcoming guests. The re-opening phase allowed for 30% occupancy, which was still in place during my visit. It has since increased to 60%, however, most resorts are keeping the occupancy low for a few more months. Hotel staff are required to get tested every two weeks, which is paid for by the government. They are required to wear masks and/or face shields/goggles throughout their workday. Some resorts required guests to wear masks while indoors, whereas others did not. Every resort is different, as some have more open space than others.
I toured 8 different luxury properties and had an opportunity to fully experience two of them with overnight stays. In addition to all-inclusive properties, I also focused my visits on smaller boutique resorts. These luxury resorts were built with social distancing in mind. The villas and casitas are tucked away in the lush tropical rainforest of Riviera Maya and offer a generous amount of privacy. These luxury properties feature private pools, fine dining, unique wellness programs, and tailor-made experiences.
I am excited to help you find the right resort when you are ready to explore again!