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Puerto Rico reopening beaches, gyms, theaters amid pandemic

Puerto Rico reopening beaches, gyms, theaters amid pandemic
Posted at 3:22 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 18:22:22-04

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says she will reopen beaches, casinos, gyms and movie theaters across the U.S. territory as officials report a recent drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths that some experts worried would once again spike.

The changes announced Thursday will go into effect from Sept. 12 until Oct. 2.

Face masks and social distancing, especially at the beach, remain mandatory, and a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew would continue.

The island of 3.2 million people has reported more than 500 deaths, along with more than 17,000 confirmed cases and another 19,000 probable ones. More than 420 people remain hospitalized.