Mexico, COVID-19 and Tourism: Should I Take That Beach Vacation Now?

As of June, 2020, the government of Mexico has opened air travel for vacation and other purposes to the country despite COVID-19 still having a grip on the world. Airlines are bringing tourists and travelers for other purposes such as business, to a variety of destinations, in particular beach resorts such as Huatulco, the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen, Cancun and the rest. What’s the reasoning, and is it wise for non-Mexicans to now visit the country?

While we don’t know everything about coronavirus, we can safely assume that people with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic (i.e. normal temperature), and still spread it. For present purposes let’s refer to Americans wanting to get away to their favorite Mexican destination during the summer of 2020. It is suggested that one reason the American government is permitting international travel is that upon return it can still quarantine its citizens and otherwise residents. In addition, if an American gets sick while abroad, there won’t be a burden on the American healthcare system because the person will be getting treatment abroad, not being permitted to hop on a plane. So it’s fine for the American government to adopt this stance.

For the Mexican government, it helps tax revenue if Americans now vacation in resorts. And yes, it also assists residents such as hotel chambermaids and restaurant and bar staff who otherwise would not have work or an income. But what about the traveler who has the virus and arrives at the resort? He or she can infect locals!

Our Mexican healthcare system is already overburdened dealing with its own citizens and legal residents. As of mid-June, half of the 32 states are still either red or orange light categorized. We don’t need Americans (or visitors from other countries) exacerbating the situation. by either infecting Mexicans, or becoming symptomatic themselves. Furthermore, as a general rule Mexicans, in particular villagers, are not as conscious as urban Americans in terms of wearing masks and social distancing.

 

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