Beaches and swimming pools authorized to reopen in Havana

Authorities in Havana (Cuba) announced on Wednesday the reopening of beaches and swimming pools, as well as the Malecon, the famous coastal boulevard, after nine months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “From today, it is authorized to settle on the Malecon, always respecting the sanitary measures to prevent contagions to the coronavirus”, indicated the official journal Tribuna of La Habana, quoting the governor of the capital Reynaldo Garcia Zapata.

Beaches and swimming pools can also reopen, at 50% of their capacity. A seaside boulevard lined with colorful colonial buildings, the Malecon is usually the meeting place for all Havanese, who like to jog, fish or sit there with friends at night, activities that have been prohibited since January in January. due to the pandemic. “In swimming pools as in beach areas, wearing a mask is mandatory, except when swimming,” said the newspaper.

A decision linked to the drop in cases and the progress of vaccination

“Physical exercises on public roads and in sports halls” are also authorized. Last Friday, eight of Cuba’s 15 provinces reopened restaurants, bars and other public places, with limited seating capacity, a relief for Cubans after nine long months of closure.
The authorities have also announced the opening of borders to international tourism from November 15, as well as schools gradually between October and November.

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According to Tribuna of La Habana, this opening was decided “given the sustained drop in confirmed cases of the disease over the past eight weeks and the progress of the vaccination campaign”, especially in Havana where more than 70% of the population is now vaccinated according to official figures. Cuba has so far recorded 872,425 cases including 7,378 deaths for 11.2 million inhabitants, but the number of daily cases is now declining. Using three vaccines developed locally but not recognized by the WHO, 5.1 million Cubans are fully immunized, or 45.6% of the population, with the goal of exceeding 90% by November.

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