Puerto Rico relaxes some restrictions due to COVID-19

The Governor of Puerto Rico Wanda Vázquez announced on Friday that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos on the island, with the relaxation of some restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Other than that, public transportation, including buses and trains, will resume service next week, and ferries will only be able to transport tourists to the popular island of Culebra.

A curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. remains in effect, and the use of masks remains mandatory.

Starting Saturday, capacity in restaurants will increase from 50% to 55%, while in theaters, gyms and casinos it will increase from 25% to 30%. Business owners had demanded that it increase to at least 60% due to the economic crisis exacerbated by the pandemic.

The island of 3.2 million people has reported more than 28,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, more than 28,000 possible and 750 deaths due to COVID-19.

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