Mexico is a favorite holiday destination for everyone looking to hit the beaches, soak up the sun, explore historical and cultural sites, and enjoy adventure excursions. If you are wondering about Coronavirus cases in Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta and whether they are safe destinations to travel to, we provide answers to some of your concerns.
As the world moves through the novel Coronavirus pandemic together, tourism in Mexico and around the world has been greatly impacted. Thankfully, the states of Baja California Sur and Jalisco have seen a drop in the numbers of new COVID-19 since the peak in mid-July 2020.
The states of Baja California Sur and Jalisco and their respective tourist municipalities of Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta continue to monitor the situation closely. National Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, continues to update each state through the national “stoplight” system every other week.
COVID Stoplight System
Mexico has been using a “stoplight” system to indicate the Coronavirus risk in each state. The stoplight system includes four colors: green, yellow, orange, and red. Green indicates a low risk of contagion, while red indicates a high risk of contagion. Under the red stoplight no activities are allowed in public spaces while under green all economic, labor, and social activities are allowed without restrictions.
Every two weeks, the Mexican government updates the map of the country, showing each state in its corresponding color, based on data collected during the previous period. In the most recent edition, dated March 29 to April 11, 2021, under the stoplight system there are no states designated ¨red¨, 7 are in orange, 18 in yellow, and 7 in green. The great news is that the state of Jalisco, including Puerto Vallarta, is finally in green, which means GO!, for the first time since the pandemic hit, and as of right now everything is back to normal; all activities are allowed, and schools have been reopened. When states reach the “green light,” it doesn’t mean Coronavirus has been eradicated, it just means that there is a lower risk of infection. People must continue to be vigilant even at the green light phase. Authorities have mentioned that all safety protocols will continue even when the states turn green.
The state of Baja California Sur is in yellow. The “yellow” stoplight means that all labor activities including both essential and nonessential services are allowed and activities in public spaces are permitted, but with reduced capacity.
Authorities in Jalisco are enforcing mandatory wearing of face masks in all public areas. Businesses have been inspected by state inspectors to ensure that they are compliant with all federal, state and local safety requirements, and you can see signs in the windows of businesses that have been certified compliant.
In Baja California Sur, Los Cabos has partnered with Intertek Cristal, a market-leading global health and safety management business, and they have created a new initiative called “A Safer Way to Get Away”. The collaboration will focus on enhancing health and safety standards within the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors.
Coronavirus cases in Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos remain low thanks to the health and safety measures and preventive protocols implemented in the destinations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Resorts and businesses are operating with appropriate measures in place. Face masks are required to be worn in all public places. Additional health screenings are being implemented, especially in businesses and airports. The Puerto Vallarta International Airport and the San Jose International Airport are fully operational with several flights arriving and departing daily.
Tourism in Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta
With the cities of Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta being some of the most visited cities in Mexico, the economies of both states are quite dependent on tourism. For this reason it is extremely important for both destinations to take measures to control the epidemic in a sustained way and make efforts to reduce the risk of transmission.
The government, business owners, and citizens in both states are working together to reduce transmission of the Coronavirus.
Travel industry workers are making their best efforts to ensure safety for visitors. If you plan to travel to Mexico for a beach vacation in 2021, wear a mask and wash your hands regularly. When in public areas make sure to maintain a social distance from other people who are not traveling with you.
Holidays in Mexico
As a four-diamond luxury brand, cleanliness has always been a hallmark of Garza Blanca, and even more so during the Coronavirus. We have gone above and beyond required local, state and federal safety requirements, and certifications in order to welcome travelers in an environment of safety.
The resorts offer several complimentary open air activities including outdoor activities with social distancing in place.
The decrease in coronavirus cases in both Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta is very promising, and we hope to see you soon!