Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Puerto Rico to impose 2200-0500 daily curfew Sept. 12-Oct. 2. Some COVID-19 restrictions on business, recreational activities, to be eased.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 08:52 AM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Islandwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Puerto Rico have announced new relaxed measures and an amended curfew that will take effect Sept. 12. The measures are part of the island's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response and recovery plan and will last until at least Oct. 2. Under the new measures, the existing 2200-0500 curfew will be enforced daily, and the Sunday lockdowns will be lifted.

In most cases, businesses approved to operate with 25-percent capacity may now increase their capacity to 50 percent, while some recreational and entertainment establishments that were previously closed may now reopen at 25-percent capacity. All approved businesses may operate daily. New and existing measures that will be enforced from Sept. 12 are:

 

  • During the 2200-0500 curfew, all persons, except those providing essential services and attending a medical emergency, must remain in their homes.

 

  • Restaurants may operate daily at 50-percent capacity. There are no occupancy limits for outdoor dining.

 

  • Places of worship approved to hold services must adhere to operating protocols and maintain no more than 50-percent capacity.

 

  • Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, casinos, recreational areas, and hotel common areas may reopen and operate at 25-percent capacity.

 

  • All employers must report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their employees to the Department of Health.

 

  • The sale and public consumption of alcohol are permitted until 2200 daily.

 

  • Beaches are permitted to reopen for recreational use. Marinas may also reopen for navigating between ports, but docking is prohibited.

 

  • Discotheques, bars, and cafes are to remain closed.

 

  • All indoor and outdoor mass group activities remain prohibited, including parades, caravans, and similar activities.

 


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 prior to 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 as businesses reopen. 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.

Advice
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.


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