When the pandemic threatened us all, like many other places Puerto Rico shut down two of its airports. After a year of no commercial flights, the other two international airports on this island will reopen today.
Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla and Mercedita International Airport in Ponce in Puerto Rico, both, will start accepting commercial airline. Infrared cameras will be in place to monitor the spread of COVID. In the last year, these two terminals had been receiving just cargo, charter, and private flights.
Presently, the CDC has Puerto Rico at a level 4, labelled “very high” COVID-19 warning. CDC recommends travellers avoid visiting this destination. Those who do choose to go must wear face coverings in public areas.
Although the safety measures have to be taken seriously, yet Puerto Rico is having an influx of tourists breaking the mandates. They have reported back that merely 30% of those entering had given their negative tests. If that is the case, then these travellers are legally bound to the two-week quarantine. Administrators will eventuality try and enforce, arrest if necessary, those visitors who break the rules. Three New Yorkers were arrested already, for not wearing masks.
Puerto Rico has had a total of 140,720 cases and 2,113 deaths since the pandemic began, according to data. The current rate of infection on the island is nine per 100,000 people, relatively.
Lately, tourists have been grouping to the U.S. territory, with 10,000 to 12,000 people arriving one day in March, reports ABC News. At the beginning of March, Spirit Airlines also publicized a new route from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to San Juan on Saturdays starting on April 17.
Seems like one year and a couple of months, staying put is finally meeting its end. The question is, should we be scared of leaving the house or the killing virus.