Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Puerto Rico extends 2200-0500 curfew and restrictions on businesses and entertainment activities due to COVID-19 through Aug. 15.
- Alert Begins: 01 Aug 2020 12:23 AM UTC
- Alert Expires: 15 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Islandwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least Aug. 15
- Impact: Business and travel disruptions
Authorities in Puerto Rico have extended a nightly curfew as well as movement and business restrictions islandwide to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of July 31. The following restrictions will remain in place until at least Aug. 15:
- A 2200-0500 curfew is in effect. All persons except those providing essential services and attending a medical emergency must remain in their homes during curfew hours.
- Restaurants may only operate at 50 percent capacity Monday-Saturday. On Sundays, restaurants may only run on a pickup or delivery basis.
- All employers must report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their employees to the Department of Health.
- Businesses must not allow people to wait in waiting rooms, and hotels must close their common areas.
- The sale of alcohol is prohibited after 1900 Monday-Saturday and on Sundays.
- All beaches are closed on Sundays.
While the borders have reopened to all travelers, arriving passengers must wear a protective face covering and will be subject to enhanced health screenings and protocols. Authorities are also enforcing the following requirements:
- Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
- Travelers without the required documentation will be tested at the airport and must remain in quarantine at their own expense while awaiting results.
- Travelers without the necessary documentation and who refuse to take a test will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at their own expense.
- Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at their own expense.
Business and transport disruptions are likely to persist, especially due to the tightening of internal restrictions. All measures are always under review and subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
Several governments have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions and operating protocols.
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements and business appointments. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.