Many of us are antsy to get out of the house, the town, the state and more than likely, the country.
But where can we go and what is being done to keep everyone safe? Concerns and questions are in constant circulation and, unfortunately, constant influx.
Staying Safe & Healthy at Mexican Resorts
With COVID cases on the rise in many states, domestic vacations are now even in question. But there are options and destinations that are doing their best to welcome travelers back. The Mexican Caribbean is an excellent example of new protocols to keep visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many resorts in Mexico reopened for business in June and have been working to fine-tune their new COVID protocols since then. Resort chains are partnering with corporations such as, Reckitt Benckiser (the maker of Lysol) and the Mayo Clinic to consult on best practices.
Some are even banning together or creating specific task forces to ensure streamline processes and products. All are using guidelines provided by the World Health Organization and the Mexican government.
Here are some of the many examples of what resorts are doing to keep guests safe and ensure more peace-of-mind:
1. Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures: Arguably the most important aspect of any resort’s new protocols, there are very strict policies now in place regarding cleaning and disinfection. There has been additional staff training on all protocols. Some resorts are closing rooms for days in between guests to prevent cross-contaminations with back-to-back bookings. Pools and public areas are being cleaned and sanitized frequently. Additionally, sanitizing stations are provided throughout the resorts and in rooms. Masks and gloves are also being provided.
2. Social Distancing: as with the rest of the world, social distancing is highly encouraged and major resorts have taken note of this; spacing out seats in dining areas, poolside lounge chairs, and bar seats. Signage is prevalent around the resorts encourages guests to follow these protocols, even at the beaches.
3. Capacity Control: many resorts are only running at half capacity or less to control the crowds. Dining and activity reservations are also being spaced out accordingly. Fitness centers, water activities, and children’s activities are also being regulated to minimize overlap and crowding in certain areas.
4. Restaurants, Food, and Beverage: restaurant seating has been rearranged in most resorts and outdoor seating is encouraged in many. Most require masks and gloves to be warn in public areas of the resort, but most importantly, around the buffets. Reservations for restaurants are being monitored and spaced appropriately.
5. Technology: Most major resort chains have implemented new technology to assist with check-in/check-out processes to avoid unnecessary social contact. Restaurant menus are being offered online for guests to easily access while they are dining. Additionally, many in-room features such as brochures, TV guides, and menus have also moved online for guests to browse.
It is clear that Mexico’s beach resorts want travelers back just as much as we want to go back and they are doing everything they can to ensure their guests’ safety and security. With very low capacity there will be a much higher staff to guest ratio allowing for more attention to be paid to you and your needs. No crowds means a much more enjoyable vacation!
With that said, it is important to remember that there is still a Level 4 travel advisory issued by the U.S. government (as of July, 2020) and guests need to evaluate what is right for them and their family.
As always, travel insurance is an absolute must right now for all travelers. For more information on specific resorts and the measures they are taking please give us a call. We are here to answer any questions and get you traveling again… in the safest way possible!