Current Status of Coronavirus in Cabo San Lucas
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given Mexico and Cabo San Lucas a "Level 3" ranking in which they recommend that travelers avoid all nonessential travel not only to our country but to all global destinations.
Baja California Sur is at Phase 2 against Covid-19. Authorities have been testing locals and travelers resulting in 137 negative results, 36 suspicious and 12 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Los Cabos and 5 in La Paz, that are already under medical control.
Airports & Ports —
San Jose International Airport continues to operate with strong sanitary protocols such as checking temperatures to all arriving passengers. These and more actions will help to prevent the virus from entering our area.
However, the US-Mexican border has been closed for non-essencial travel since March 20, 2020. Canada has also joined this effort to prevent a bigger virus outbreak. This has been a big impact for many airline's operation, which has resulted in the temporary suspension of flights. Here are some of them:
- Swoop cancels its flights from March 23 to April 25, 2020.
- Westjet Airlines cancels its flights from March 26 to April 21, 2020.
- Air Canada cancel flights from March 27 to April 27, 2020.
- SouthWest cancels its flights from March 23 to May 04.
- United cancels flights 1452/2428 route IAH-SJD-IAH on March 22 and 23, 2020.
- Air Canada cancels flights AC976 / 977 route YYC-SJD-YYC on March 22, 2020.
Some airlines such as Sunwing, Westjet and TUI have confirmed that they will stop flying to Los Cabos. United Airlines is considering the possibility as well. Some local airlines are still operating as normal.
On the other side of Los Cabos, all ports have been closed and any tourist, entertainment, sportfishing or personal activities will be suspended until further notice. Port Captaincy procedures will also get suspended, and they will only attend arrivals and dispatches and emergency maritime situations.
Most hotels in Cabo are still open and receiving guests. It is important to note that they have received specialized training on the implementation of clinical guidelines issued by the Federal Government to limit the risk of infecting others.
However, the Hotel Association at Los Cabos announced that 23 companies have closed their doors due to the low occupancy rate (about 7%). Here you will find some of them:
- Decameron Hotels has stopped receiving new guests, valid 3/21/20 through 5/31/20.
- Riu Palace Baja California will be closed 3/23/20 through 4/29/20. Guests will be relocated to Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
Other hotels such as Pueblo bonito, Solmar Group and Villas del Palmar Group, have decided to keep their workes despite the crisis. Around 8,000 employees and their families depend on them.
Bars & Restaurants —
Restaurants and bars are no longer open for customers. They are now only allowed to operate under a take away or order from home modality. They are putting into practice all the health guidelines to provide extra safety to their employees and customers.
Departmental stores, grocery stores, supermarkets, food markets, household goods businesses, banks, telecommunications, and media institutions may operate, taking the necessary health protocols.
As a safety measure, the Secretary of the Navy announced the suspension of all tourism-oriented water activities until further notice. Read more about it here.
Many tour operators have started to suspend their land activities to prevent and protect the community.
All sporting, recreational, social, political, cultural, academic, public and private, religious, and all events involving the concentration of people are temporarily suspended.
Cruise Ships —
Cruise ship arrivals have been canceled in Mexico for up to five weeks starting March 15, 2020. West Coast coordinator of the Mexican Cruise Association, Jose Arturo Musi Ganem, expects them all to be back at the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta late April or May.
Here are some of them with their operation's timeframe:
- Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through April 9, 2020.
- Celebrity Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 11, 2020.
- Cunard Line has canceled all sailings through April 11, 2020.
- Crystal Cruises sailings on Crystal’s two larger ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, are canceled through May 3 and May 18, 2020 respectively.
- Disney Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through April 12, 2020.
- Holland America has canceled all sailings through April 14, 2020.
- Princess Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 11, 2020.
- Royal Caribbean has canceled all sailings through May 11, 2020.
You can check more cruises here.
What about Spring Break in Cabo San Lucas? Local authorities have announced that spring break activities are officially suspended and will be resumed around July 2020. If you had a tour booked with us, contact us directly by calling our Toll-Free from U.S.A and Canada 1-877-828-2564 to help you with a resolution.
Cabo San Lucas Frequently Asked Questions FAQs
I'm scared. Should I postpone my trip to Cabo?
You are the judge of your personal situation and the best person to decide what to do right now. However, due to the closure of the United States and Canada borders, you might not be able to travel at this moment.
If you are from other countries or Mexican, and you are still traveling to Cabo you should, regardless, follow these routine precautions:
Avoid contact with sick people (wherever you are)
Care for your personal hygiene
Wash your hands regularly with soap, water and alcohol-based sanitizer
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Due to the current circumstances, we strongly support you staying at home and taking care of yourself. Just please, don't cancel your trip, but rather postpone it for when all this passes and it is safe to come back! Tourism is vital for the economic sustainability of our city and our people. We are sure that sooner than we know, we'll be creating amazing memories together in Cabo San Lucas again!
I already bought my tour, what can I do?
Some activities are still running in Cabo, if in the upcoming days they get suspended, our team will get in contact with you. If you have decided to cancel your trip, don't worry! You can re-schedule your activity with no extra fee. Just get in contact with us to our TOLL-FREE number 1-877-828-2564 and we will take care of you.
What measures are beeing implemented in Cabo San Lucas?
The municipality is already implemeting different actions to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 in our city. Some of them are:
Social Distance regulations
No more than 100 people allowed in a single space
Increased table separation at restaurants
Constant streets and public transportation cleanining
Hygene protocols at airport and ports
COVID-19 is part of a family of Coronaviruses that causes an infection, with symptoms similar to the common cold or influenza. This infection however, can evolve to a more serious condition.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of the people with Coronavirus do not develop severe symptoms and recover without special treatments.
Symptoms may include fever, shortage of breath and dry cough.
|Coronavirus COVID-19 Latest Updates
Confirmed Cases in Cabo: 12
People in Baja California Sur WITHOUT Coronavirus: 3.3 Million
Who Does Coronavirus Affect?
The infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. It can affect all age groups, but most of the cases that have shown complications have been in adults over 60 years old with pre-existing medical conditions.
Pandemic? These past days you've probably seen this word a couple of times. News channels, social media and other communication means use this alarmist information to get more views, likes, and shares, spreading fear amongst the population.
What does Pandemic mean? The term is used when a situation crosses international boundaries, affecting a large number of people.
Influenza has been considered a pandemic in the past, as well as HIV/AIDs for its spread throughout the globe and the number of people affected by them.
If that's a Pandemic, why is the common flu not considered a Pandemic? Mainly because, even though it affects millions of people around the globe, it occurs every year in a seasonal manner, while the COVID-19 has been recently discovered.