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.
Tourism in Mexico has been impacted in 2020 as the world moves through the Coronavirus pandemic together. Thankfully, the states of Quintana Roo, Baja California Sur and Jalisco have seen a drop in the numbers of new COVID-19 since the peak in mid-July.
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.
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 December 7 to December 20, the states of Baja California Sur and Jalisco are both in orange.
The “orange light” means that essential and nonessential labor activities are permitted but with certain limitations, and always following safety protocols. Activities in public spaces are permitted, but with certain limitations, while activities in closed spaces are completely suspended.
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, face masks are also required in all public places, businesses, and government buildings. Additional health screenings are being implemented, especially in businesses and airports. Hotels, restaurants, and beaches are still operating at reduced capacity. Public gatherings are prohibited. In Los Cabos, physical distance of at least two meters in public places is obligatory. Beaches are open for swimming, jogging, and walking from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The San Jose International Airport Terminal 2 has reopened and the airport is fully operational.
Currently two states in Mexico are in the red: Zacatecas and Baja California (the state above Baja California Sur). Three states are in green: Veracruz, Campeche, and Chiapas.
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.
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 know that the Christmas season is very important, and thus are making their best efforts to ensure safety for visitors.
If you plan to travel to Mexico over the holidays, 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 through our doors once more.
The resorts have planned a repertoire of safe and festive activities including Christmas dinner and New Years Eve beach parties outdoors with social distancing.
The decrease in coronavirus cases in both Baja California Sur and Jalisco is very promising, so we hope to see you soon.