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The End Of Tulum’s Party Scene? New Noise Control Law Starts Today




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In order to address growing noise complaints, the Tulum City Council will implement new noise control laws in the city’s coastal area effective today, November 1, 2022. These new laws add to the measures introduced at the end of September and attempt to reign in Tulum’s party scene which has grown rapidly in recent years.

DJ playing music outdoors at night, tulum

Once a quiet beach destination largely unknown to outsiders, Tulum has seen a tourism boom in recent years, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and no doubt also because of its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere). While much of the world closed its borders to international travellers, Mexico remained open and thus attracted many visitors who might have gone elsewhere.

people are dancing in a rave with colorful lights all around

Plus, with popular party destinations like Bali and Thailand out of reach, young party seekers are heading to Tulum in droves, and local businesses have responded. Visitors are now inundated with choices when it comes to parties, raves and festivals, but all of that could come to an end with the introduction of these new laws.

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a panoramic view of the waters of Tulum

While Tulum has proven to be an inviting destination for partygoers, they aren’t the only type of tourist. Long popular with families, couples and adventurers looking for a bit of Mexican heaven, the growth of the party scene has been an unwelcome change for many.

Hotels constantly receive complaints from guests who are disturbed by loud night parties. In response, local government, business and tourism industry leaders worked together to agree on measures to bring some peace to Tulum.

A colorful outdoor bar in Tulum awaits customers

September 23rd, 2022, the city council of Tulum has put in place rules prohibiting bars and clubs from playing loud music after midnight. The Council’s attempts to extend these restrictions and further control the party scene come into force today with the implementation of additional laws.

According to the Cancun Sun, effective today, there are three new elements to the city’s noise control measures. From 1 a.m., the noise level must be kept below 65 decibels. For reference, the CDC has determined that normal conversation typically takes place at 60 decibels, and that washing machines and dishwashers typically operate at 70 decibels.

The CDC also notes that the maximum volume for loud entertainment venues is between 105 and 110 decibels and can cause hearing loss in less than five minutes.

tourist under a palapa in Tulum

The second and third prongs of the new restrictions aim to get customers out of establishments after a certain time. First, bars and clubs must cease all sales of food and alcohol by 1:00 a.m. This commonly used tactic encourages customers to leave on their own once food is no longer available.

For those who don’t understand the hint and are going on their own, the latest restriction from the City Council will force them out, as bars and clubs have to close completely at 1.30am.

Ruinis on tulum beach under blue sky

During a meeting at Tulum City Hall in September, Tulum Mayor Marciano Dzul Caamal explained that businesses would be fined or shut down if they refused to comply with the new regulations. These measures are good news for many businesses in the region who have to deal with complaints from tourists who are not in the mood to party.

Carla Andrade Piedras, director of the Tulum Hotel Association, told the Mexico Daily Post, “Without a doubt, this benefits the destination. Historically, Tulum was created for honeymooners, people looking to relax, rest, and for adventure tourism. It was not a party destination.

Street in downtown Tulum, Mexico

Will these new measures spell the end of Tulum’s epic party scene? Time will tell, but it should be noted that noise control laws only apply to the coastal area and the main tourist area of ​​Tulum. But with other party hotspots among international travelers, it’s possible that Tulum’s days as a party haven are coming to an end.

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