Cancun, a popular tourist destination in Mexico's Riviera Maya, has reopened 41 of its hotels to tourists amid the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, as footage filmed on Sunday shows.
The decision has been accompanied by a lowering of the health emergency status from red to orange in the northern part of the state of Quintana Roo.
Andrea, the manager of a cafeteria, said that “this reopening is very important, because tourists are essential to Cancun. We must be a healthy, safe and reliable place. If we continue with the recommended measures, I believe that we will not have any problems.”
Tourism is an essential activity for Quintana Roo's economy, and authorities estimate that local economic losses from the pandemic could exceed $1 billion (€885 million).