Puerto Rico reopens beaches, relaxes lockdown restrictions

Puerto Rico reopens beaches, relaxes lockdown restrictions

The attractive beaches, pools and marinas of Puerto Rico have reopened for the visitors after a long period of closure in a strong measure to control the spread of Coronavirus.

Reportedly, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi recently announced relaxing of lockdown restrictions and reopening beaches on the island starting from January 8. The relaxations include removing weekly Sunday lockdown and a shortened nightly curfew, which was in effect ever since the pandemic began. The curfew now starts from 11 PM to 5 AM instead of 9 PM to 5 AM as earlier.

However, restrictions regarding limited seating capacity at restaurants, and entry for a limited number of visitors in museums and casinos and a closure of bars, will continue to be in effect. In addition, people should abide by social distancing norms and wear face masks in public places.

Puerto Rico reopens beaches, relaxes lockdown restrictions

News has it that during the lockdown, the beaches were kept open only for visitors practicing individual sports. After their reopening, visitors will be expected to observe social distancing and avoid consumption of alcohol.

For now, the relaxed rules will stay in effect for a month, but may be changed in case Puerto Rico witnesses another surge in COVID cases.

People intending to take essential trips are supposed to submit an online Travel Declaration Form via the Puerto Rico Health Department, and also submit a negative COVID test report taken not more than 72 hours before their time of arrival on the island. In case, travellers fail to present a negative test result, they will have to quarantine upon arrival.

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