The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun has set aside two floors of rooms to house guests with COVID symptoms or who have tested positive for the virus.
CANCUN – A third wave of COVID-19 fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant is hitting two of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations on opposite coasts such as Los Cabos in the Pacific and Cancun in the Caribbean.
In Cancun, cases have skyrocketed to the point where the Hard Rock hotel has reserved two floors for guests with symptoms. Also, some hotels say they offer discounts for those in quarantine until they are no longer contagious.
Cancun, according to El Financiero, received just over 2 million tourists in June, slightly below pre-pandemic levels but much more than the 175,000 visitors last year.
The person in charge of the health strategy, Hugo López Gatell, declared that the federal government will send more vaccines to tourist areas such as Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo. So far, about 65 percent of adults in Quintana Roo and 50 percent in Cancun have received at least one dose, according to government data.
On Thursday, Mexico added 16,244 new coronavirus cases, marking the third day in a row that cases have seen the largest daily increase since January. Deaths increased by 419, also the highest in nearly two months.
Despite the increase in infections in Cancun, 270 hotels received an exemption from the 50 percent occupancy limit, allowing them to operate at 70 percent of capacity, according to Roberto Cintrón, director of the region’s hotel association.
“It is important to highlight that infections are occurring among local youth,” he said. “We have enough hospital beds for them, if necessary. But it is not happening among tourists ”.