Puerto Rico’s beaches, marinas and pools will reopen this week after lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced the easing of restrictions, along with reopening of beaches, which will eliminate weekly Sunday lockdowns and a shortened curfew period. in effect since the beginning of the pandemic, The Associated Press reported.
The nightly curfew will start at 11pm. instead 9pm and will lift at 5am every morning.
Restrictions are eased starting Jan. 8.
Other restrictions, such as restrictions on capacity at restaurants, museums and casinos and the closure of bars, will remain in effect. Principles such as staying away from society and wearing a mask when in public are also upheld.
In the past, beaches were open only during certain hours of the day for “individual sports” practitioners. When the beaches reopen, guests will be asked to adhere to social isolation guidelines and alcohol consumption will be prohibited.
The new rules will remain in effect for 30 days but can be changed at any time if the island undergoes another spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Our goal is to be able to return to a new normal,” Pierluisi said, according to the AP. “We must continue to take precautions in the meantime.”
Even though the island is getting back to normal, travel agency Discover Puerto Rico says it “encourages only essential travel at this time”, according to their website.
Travelers with required trips are required to complete an online Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Department of Health and present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival island. Those who do not have test results must be quarantined on arrival.
Puerto Rico has reported more than 127,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections and more than 1,200 deaths related to the virus.