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Puerto Rico Reopens Beaches And Reduces Mandatory Curfew

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Puerto Rico has relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions by reopening beaches to the public and reducing the length of nightly curfews.

Beaches has originally only been open for individual sports but starting on January 8th, 2021 all beaches will open to the public for recreational use. 

Puerto Rico Beach

Puerto Rico Beaches Reopening

Starting Saturday, January 8th, beaches will be open to the public from 5:00 am until 9:00 pm

Social distancing will still be in effect and masks must be worn at all times except for when in the water. 

Alcohol is prohibited on all beaches. 

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Puerto Rico Curfew Shortened

Starting Saturday January 8th, the curfew will be reduced giving people an extra two hours to enjoy the night. 

The new curfew will run from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am. This replaces the original curfew of 9:00 pm until 5:00 am.

San Juan Street in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Restaurants & Bar Restrictions

Restaurants are open to the public but must operate at a maximum occupancy of 30%

Bars and nightclubs are prohibited from operating and remain closed. 

Casinos are open and will be able to operate at 30% of capacity. 

Coastline of Puerto Rico, old San Juan

Grocery stores, supermarkets and gas stations remain open. Grocery delivery services can operate until midnight. 

Museums will be open to the public but must follow the 30% capacity rule. 

Puerto Rico Cave

Puerto Rico Encouraging Only Essential Travel To The Island

Although a complete travel ban has not been announced, Puerto Rico is encouraging only essential travel to the island at this time. 

The use of masks in Puerto Rico is mandatory at all times in public spaces. 

Bright colorful houses line the hills overlooking the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Travel Requirements

All travelers headed to Puerto Rico must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours.

Failure to present a test will result in mandatory quarantine for 14 days. 

Puerto Rico follows United States travel bans which currently prohibits any traveler that has been in the following destinations within the last 14 days:

  • All European Union Countries
  • China
  • Brazil
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Iran
Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico

All travelers arriving in Puerto Rico must have also filled out a mandatory Health Declaration Form that is available on the Puerto Rico Health Department Portal. 

See the complete list of Covid-19 entry requirements for Puerto Rico and submit the Health Declaration.

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