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What Is The Traffic Light System in Mexico?

Right now the world is attempting to open up from the lockdown that was necessary because of COVID-19. Many people, including me are ready to travel and visit our favorite places in the world. Mexico is one of those spots, specifically Cancún, Mexico.

The traffic light system in Mexico is a simple way to communicate the risk of using public space and contracting COVID-19. The light system is made up of four colors, Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green. Here is what they mean:

  • Red – If your area has a red light it means it is risky to be out and only essential economic activities will be allowed in public spaces.
  • Orange – Companies that are non-essential will be allowed to work with 30% of the staff for their operation. Public spaces will be opened at a reduced capacity of people.
  • Yellow – Public spaces are open and all work activities are allowed. Special care will be taken for those who present the highest risk.
  • Green – All activities, including school are allowed.

You can read more about Mexico’s traffic light system on this website.

How is the color determined?

There are four different categories that the Mexican government is looking at when it comes to declaring the color of the state. They are:

  • the trend in numbers of new cases
  • hospital occupancy trends
  • current hospital occupancy rates
  • percentage of positive cases

A state will receive the red traffic light if even one of these indicators is red. The Mexican government updates the designations on Friday and then the changes take place the following Monday.

Which states should I be worried about?

If you’re traveling to Mexico it would be helpful to know which states are which colors. The state we right about the most, Quintana Roo, is currently Orange.

As of June 23, seventeeen states are orange and sixteen remain red. Here is helpful chart.

Baja California SurYes
Nuevo LeónYes
Quintana RooYes
San Luis PotosíYes
Baja CaliforniaYes
Ciudad de MexicoYes
Estado de MexicoYes

What color light is Cancún on?

Cancún is located in the state of Quintana Roo and is currently on orange. Under “orange” hotels can operate at 50% of their capacity. In some cases, hotel guests may be asked to provide an employer letter certifying that their travel is essential.

Hotel guests that appear to have respiratory symptoms will be referred to local health officials.

Below is a chart of all types of activities in the state of Quintana Roo. It shows which ones are essential and what you can and cannot do.

Activity or LocationWho Can Go?Red LightOrange LightYellow LightGreen Light
Groceries, tortillerías, butchers, supermarkets, fruits and vegetables, hardware, tendejón, convenience store, poultry and bakeriesEssentialEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
Outdoor activitiesHealthy Distancehealthy distancehealthy distancehealthy distancehealthy distance
legislative activitiesEssentialEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
Travel agencyEmployees15%30%60%100%
Car rentalsEmployees15%30%60%100%
Associations, organizations and religious servicesPercent of Capacity0%30%60%100%
Banks and financial institutionsEssentialEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
Bars, discos, nightclubs, cabarets, entertainment centers, piano-bar, breweries, pubs, billiards, bowling, coffee singer, karaoke bar, disco bar, social clubs and casinosPercent of Capacity0%0%0%100%
Internet cafePercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
Golf CoursesPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
Hunting and trapping, breeding and farm animals, forestry and related servicesEmployees50%75%85%100%
shopping malls, department stores and the retail trade of clothing, novelties, boutiques and shoesPercent of Capacity0%30%60%100%
Commerce on public roads (**)Number of posts15%30%60%100%
Corporate, securities and investment activitiesEmployees15%30%80%100%
Hosting companiesRooms15%30%60%100%
social events, groups, conventions and DMC'sPersons0%0%50%100%
Manufacture of transport equipmentEmployees30%30%60%100%
Manufacture of machinery and equipmentEmployees30%30%60%100%
Manufacture of clothingEmployees0%30%60%100%
Product Manufacturing Nonmetallic mineralsEmployees30%30%60%100%
Manufacture of products of petroleum and coalEmployees30%30%60%100%
Fabricated metal productsEmployees30%30%60%100%
Photography, video and soundEmployees0%30%60%100%
Gyms and sports clubsPercent of Capacity0%0%0%100%
Tourist guidesEmployees15%30%60%100%
Hospitals, doctors' offices, pharmacies, pharmacies, drug stores and dentistsEssentialEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
Printing and publishing of newspapers, magazines and booksEmployeesEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
Wood industry and furniture manufacturingEmployees0%30%60%100%
Real estate, leasing of real estate and condominium managementPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
Marine tourism, public and private water sportsSeating15%30%60%100%
Museums and Historic SitesPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
Operators adventure / natureEmployees15%30%60%100%
Dive operators and water activitiesPersons15%30%60%100%
Other manufacturingEmployees0%30%60%100%
Stationers, selling crafts, gifts and novelties, jewelry, jewelry and other personal itemsEmployees0%30%60%100%
water parks and spasPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
Theme parksPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
Hairdressers, beauty salons, cosmetic, massages and spasPercent of Capacity0%30%60%100%
Fisheries and agricultureEveryoneEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
Beaches and public parksPercent of Capacity0%0%60%100%
Water purifiersEssentialEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
automotive parts, car washes and garagesPercent of Capacity15%30%80%100%
Restaurants, snacks and soft drinks, soup kitchens, seafood, restaurant-bar, snack bars, taco shops, cafes, pizza, preparation and sale of foodPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%
public safety, administration and enforcement of justiceEssentialEssentialEssentialEssentialEssential
artistic, cultural and sporting servicesPercent of Capacity0%0%60%100%
accounting and administrative servicesEmployees25%50%75%100%
Support services business (cleaning, staffing, secretarial, billing, security, packaging, research, etc.)Employees25%50%75%100%
Consulting and advisory servicesEmployees25%50%75%100%
Educational servicesDependsDetermined by the health and education authoritiesDetermined by the health and education authoritiesDetermined by the health and education authoritiesDetermined by the health and education authorities
services professionals, scientists and technicalsEmployees25%50%75%100%
Theaters and cinemasSeating0%30%60%100%
tourist conveyorSeating15%30%60%100%
Sales of household goods, computers, items for interior decoration and used itemsPercent of Capacity15%30%80%100%
Sale of mobile phones and accessoriesEmployees0%30%60%100%
Sale of motor vehiclesPercent of Capacity15%30%60%100%

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