Puerto Rico enacts curfew and closures covid

Puerto Rico has enacted a curfew and business closures as Covid-19 fears rise.

Gov. Wanda Vazquez during a national address on March 15 said nonessential businesses will be closed, and an islandwide curfew through March 30 requires residents to stay off the streets from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This impacts restaurants, bars, malls, gyms, casinos, sporting events, theaters, concert halls, bars, liquor stores, attractions and tour operations.

Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks are exempt from the curfew. Restaurants will remain open until 9 p.m. but are limited to those that can offer drive-through, takeout or delivery services.

The cruise ports are currently closed.

Airports remain open for inbound and outbound travel. Passengers arriving or departing from airports after curfew will be able to transit to and from their destinations.

Restaurants and food services within airports will remain open but will only offer carry-out or delivery.

Uber and taxi drivers are allowed to operate.

Hotels remain open, but all public areas and amenities within the hotels, including spas, pools and recreational areas are closed. Room service will be available for guests.

“We are aware that the action we are taking will have collateral effects on the economy,” Vazquez said. “However, we must establish a balance with the goals that our population is protected.”

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