NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Puerto Rico announced drastic measures Sunday to combat the coronavirus pandemic: A curfew will be instated and non-essential businesses are being required to shut down.
The U.S. territory has four confirmed cases of coronavirus, and more than a dozen suspected cases are still awaiting confirmation. But many more are suspected since testing is not widely available.
The island will be under a curfew from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. that runs through March 30. The only exceptions are those who are working or in cases of emergency.
All non-essential businesses, including theaters, malls, casinos, bars, gyms and “any place that promotes the gathering of citizens in one place” will be closed starting at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The government had previously declared a state of emergency on March 12 and had already canceled schools through the end of the month and barred cruise ships from landing.
“All citizens should stay in their homes and avoid propagating this virus – it’s everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “God bless Puerto Rico.”