Puerto Rico ends its nightly COVID curfew after a year

Puerto Rico ends its nightly  COVID curfew after a year

People enjoy an evening out in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 20. Photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--Puerto Rico ended a nightly pandemic curfew Monday after more than a year in force and will allow vaccinated visitors to enter the island without a negative coronavirus test result.

  The island has been under a curfew since March 2020, when the first coronavirus case was reported. Even when the curfew was sometimes changed, it mostly stayed between midnight and 5:00am.

  Arriving visitors who are not vaccinated will still be required to present a negative coronavirus test or promise to offer a test result within 48 hours. The government intends to impose a US $300 fine on those who don’t comply with the testing.

  But in addition to letting in vaccinated visitors, the government said that beginning Friday it will offer the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine to anyone who arrives at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

  US Department of Health Secretary Carlos Mellado said the vaccination option will eventually be offered to all visitors coming through other airports as well as the ferry services coming from the Dominican Republic.

  “It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you are a resident or not,” Mellado said. (Associated Press) ~ NBC News ~

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