Puerto Rico puts tourism on hold

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El Morro Fortress, San Juan
El Morro, San Juan's iconic fortress. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

After reopening to inbound tourism earlier this month, Puerto Rico is now discouraging nonessential travel because of an increased number of coronavirus cases.

Last week, Gov. Wanda Vazquez set a new tourism reopening date of Aug. 15, reported NBC News

Beaches are only open to those doing solo sports or exercise training from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Theaters, casinos, bars, clubs, attractions, and gyms are closed. Alcohol sales are banned after 7 p.m. Restaurants and museums are operating at 50% capacity. 

A curfew on the island is in effect through July 31 from 10 p.m. to 5  a.m., except for emergencies. Everyone is required to wear face masks or face coverings when in public.

NBC News reported that after Puerto Rico reopened to tourism on July 15, small-business owners in tourist areas like Condado and Pinones said many tourists didn’t want to comply with Vazquez’s orders to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

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