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Panama - 'It's Wonderful': Panamanians Return to Beaches After Pandemic Closure

The Panamanian government on Saturday reopened beaches to tourists after they had been closed for seven months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The move comes despite the fact that the country has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Central America.

“Wow! I haven’t come to the beach since February, and it’s wonderful for us,” Andrea Rincón, a Venezuelan resident in Panama, told AFP.

“We always come as a family and have not come for so long … we are recharging to full energy,” added Rincón on Farallón beach, on the Pacific, about 120 kilometers southwest of Panama City.

After being closed since March due to the pandemic, the Panamanian government decided to reopen the beaches Saturday.

However, they can only be accessed from 6:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a mask, and in family groups of a maximum of seven people, who will not be able to drink alcoholic beverages. In addition, anyone who visits after testing positive for Covid-19 will be detained and sanctioned.

The Ministry of Health announced in a statement that during the day it deployed different operations to verify compliance with the regulations.

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