In another promising move towards normalcy, Puerto Rico has announced that masks are no longer required for anyone who is fully vaccinated in private and public indoor and outdoor spaces. This new easement of the previous mask mandate went into effect on July 5th. Here’s what you need to know.
Travelers Can Now Go Maskless In Puerto Rico
However, it’s been noted that businesses can still establish their own rules and limitations that “exceed local government requirements.” Puerto Rico also announced that all businesses, which include restaurants, theaters, malls, casinos, supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations, may operate at full capacity.
Puerto Rico’s Gov. Pedro Pierluisi also announced that deaths and hospitalizations across the U.S. territory have been dropping. But, he still wants everyone to be as cautious as possible.
“Each day we get closer to normal,” Pierluisi said, acknowledging that it will be difficult to determine who has been vaccinated. “It’s important that we protect those who are vulnerable.”
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s tourism industry has begun to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic. The island took a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. Tourism makes up about 10 percent of the island’s local economy.
“It’s incredible how the industry has been able to bounce back,” Clarisa Jimenez said.
What’s more, airlines are starting to offer more flights to the island, and just in time for the business summer season. As of press time, at least 2 million Puerto Ricans have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
In the meantime, tell us, where are your travels taking you this season? Drop us a line with your thoughts in our comments section below. How concerned are you about all of the new travel rules and regulations this year? Also, come back here for all of the latest news, details, and updates you need to know before your next adventure!