Cancun relaxes COVID-19 rules before spring break trip

Unlike some spring-break hot spots in Florida, Cancun is actually loosening its COVID-19 restrictions.

With spring-break travel fast in Mexico, popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum hotels, restaurants and beaches are raising capacity limits from 30% to 60%, Quintana Row government officials announced on Twitter . Attractions and group tours will be allowed to operate at 60% capacity.

The guidance says that night clubs and bars will remain closed.

Passengers traveling to Mexico will also have to register online with the government and show proof of registration through the QR code obtained once they arrive. Face masks must be worn at all times in the country’s restaurants, hotels and airports. American travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test upon departure for re-entry into the states.

Meanwhile, Florida officials in popular destinations such as Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale were taking an almost opposite approach, implementing new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. South Beach imposed curfew between midnight and 6 am, prohibiting alcohol consumption on beaches that were subject to limited capacity requirements, among other things. And in Fort Lauderdale, Mayor Steve Geller said residents and visitors can expect more law enforcement in busy areas, with social distance and mask-wearing mandates heavily enforced.

The Associated Press reported that meanwhile, Mexico has been experiencing a boom in tourism of late, with about half of its tourists coming from the US.

According to John Hopkins University data, there were 182,815 COVID-19 deaths in Mexico, compared to 505,944 deaths in the US on Thursday.

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