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Governor activates phase three of reopening

By José A. Sánchez Fournier

Twitter: @SanchezFournier

Special to The Star

Following a week full of bad news and controversies, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tried to close on a positive note Thursday, announcing the implementation of the third phase of her economic reopening plan, which will go into effect next Tuesday.

“This virus will continue to exist among us. But Puerto Rico has given a great example to follow in these difficult times with our behavior. And it is time for a change,” the governor said during a press conference held in the lobby of the Caribbean Cinemas building at the Montehiedra Outlets in Cupey. “The time has come for Puerto Rico to take a step on the road to economic regrowth.”

“Although we are announcing the third phase, we cannot be lax with the social distancing guidelines,” she warned. “We cannot lower our guard.”

“It is my responsibility to put the health of our people first,” Vázquez added. “And that is why if we see an increase in the contagion statistics, or in the number of COVID-19-related deaths, or in the hospital room occupancy or in the use of ventilators, I will order a move back into phase two.”

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