Enjoy long bottom times with Cubano and Nacho, DM and instructor, who have been in Cozumel for decades. If you have a friend who wants to get certified or just wants to try scuba diving for the first time, bring them along too.
According to our state’s official health services website, Cozumel and the rest of the Riviera Maya are now designated as a “green zone” (with low risk for epidemiological spread based on low rates of infection and hospital occupancy nearing 0%).Here’s some more good news in Cozumel:
As of May 10, our state’s Department of Health Services announced that using a face mask is now voluntary! While it’s still recommended that we use them in common sense situations (crowded indoor areas, public transport, hotels, hospitals, etc.), the announcement feels like an official affirmation of what we’re already feeling on the ground — our daily lives are slowly but surely returning to normal.
The first round of covid-19 boosters became available to adults this spring and we were thrilled to be able to get our whole PSD team fully boosted.
12 to 14-year-olds are now eligible for their first dose of the vaccine.
There are no longer limitations on operating capacity for outdoor activities.
Labs specializing in covid tests have popped up all over town — it’s now quick and convenient to get the covid test that’s required within one day of your return flight if you’re heading back to the U.S.
We’re happy to see that more and more visitors have been arriving here now that so many people in the U.S. and Canada have been able to get fully vaccinated and international travel is less risky. Cozumel’s residents continue to follow basic precautions like mask-wearing in public and businesses have adapted to be able to operate safely. Most businesses operate at a limited capacity to avoid overcrowding. The majority of businesses require a quick temperature check at the door as you enter, and many restaurants have adapted in order to accommodate outdoor seating so people can be comfortable socializing together while eating and drinking. While things here don’t feel “normal” yet, we do feel pretty safe, in general, and we think it’s a great time to visit while still following local guidelines and protocols to minimize your chance of contracting or spreading covid.
Getting tested in Coz
In short, as soon as the covid test became a requirement for all US-bound flights in January, people here started bending over backwards to make it easy and stress-free for tourists to get the test. There are multiple testing sites around town in clinics and pharmacies as well as a couple of stand-alone testing operations. There are also several testing services in which you can arrange for someone to come to your hotel/condo/private residence to carry out a test, if that’s more convenient for you. There’s even a mobile testing lab right outside the Cancun Airport for those true procrastinators. If you need more information about the requirement or testing locations, check out our detailed blog post here.
Vaccinations are currently underway here and have been made available according to age groups. Right now people age 50 and up are eligible, so while we’re a bit behind the US in terms of widespread accessibility, we’re heartened by the public’s enthusiasm about the vaccine and excited to see progress. Cubano is the first one on our team to qualify and just received his first dose last week (woo hoo!).