As of June 8th, the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, which is home to destinations like Cancún, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya, has reopened its borders to tourism.
Hotels and resorts have welcomed their first customers in nearly two months, but with limited capacity and an occupancy rate of less than 15 per cent.
In total, 41 establishments have reopened, including the Riu Palace Peninsula and Riu Cancun, and the three properties of AIC Hôtel Group: the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya .
Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the Cancún, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association, told local Mexican media El Economista, that hotel occupancy will remain at minimum levels for at least the entire month of June, but projected that this figure will climb to 30 per cent by next August.
According to the Mexico Daily News, the 800 restaurants in Cancún have also reopened to 30 per cent of their capacity in accordance with state health directives, but discos, casinos and especially the beaches remain, for the moment, closed.
What about flights?
Roberto Cintrón Gómez also said there was already a resumption of operations at Cancún International Airport, with direct flights from several cities in the United States. Flights from Canada, however, have not yet resumed.
A few weeks ago, Air Canada confirmed that for the moment, a resumption of service to Cancun from Montreal and Toronto is scheduled for June, though "the situation could change given the uncertainty and the travel restrictions that remain," said Pascale Déry, director, media relations, Air Canada.
It's the same over at Transat, which stopped operating flights back in March.
"We are currently working on different scenarios for the resumption of our operations, but no final plan is yet established," said Debbie Cabana, director of marketing, social media and public relations.
Sunwing also recently announced that it will suspend its flights to the South until July 31st, which includes Quintana Roo.
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