The country will open with new health measures to keep visitors safe.

By Andrea Romano
May 22, 2020

Officials in Puerto Rico have announced a new reopening date that will attract tourists and help revitalize the country’s economy. Certain rules, however, will remain in effect.

According to tourism officials, Puerto Rico will formally reopen for in-bound tourism on July 15 as part of its four-phased reopening plan. In addition, between now and the reopening date, certain rules will also be modified for those who are already in the country.

First and foremost, a curfew remains in effect through June 30th but has been extended to 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with exceptions for emergencies. Previously, the government had implemented a 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew through June 15.

According to The Associated Press back in May, the country has been slowly and cautiously reopening beaches, businesses, restaurants, and retail establishments as of May 26. Now, the government will allow socially distanced exercise like kayaking, surfing, jogging, or swimming. Beaches are now open again for sunbathing and other recreational activities, but in limited groups of people who are in the same household. Social distancing is still a big part of the reopening plans.

tourist stands on a beach in Puerto Rico
Credit: Jose Jimenez/Getty

In addition, hotel pools will be open with an increased capacity of 50 percent starting June 16. Restaurants, museums, and theaters will also be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity on this date. Employees will be required to wear face coverings and guests will be asked to do temperature checks upon arrival. Anyone with a fever above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter, according to Discover Puerto Rico.

Malls and retail stores are also allowed to reopen, but leisure strolling is not permitted and people are advised to make appointments where they can. Casinos and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.

As for in-bound tourists, Discover Puerto Rico noted that the Puerto Rico National Guard will be conducting wellness checks and rapid COVID-19 testing for all passengers. There is a possibility that some may be asked to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms.

Puerto Rico has reported relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins' data. Overall, Puerto Rico has seen 5,890 cases and 147 deaths.

But Puerto Rico isn’t the only Caribbean island reopening. Here’s a list of islands that have announced plans to reopen and the safety measures they’re taking to keep visitors safe.