Uruguay's borders will be closed over the county's summer season as part of an effort to halt the spread of Covid-19, President Luis Lacalle Pou announced during a news conference on Thursday.
The summer season in Uruguay begins in December and ends in March.
“It will be a restricted summer," he said, "the borders will be basically closed, with exceptions that are already known and perhaps some more."
The president also said in-person classes in the city of Rivera will be suspended for 15 days.
"Because today there are many cases, or several cases, in the education [sector], we have decided to suspend face-to-face classes for two weeks," he said.
Additionally, the president said public safety measures will be enforced, and urged the public to avoid large gatherings and parties. "We will be very strict when it comes to the topic of parties," he said.
"If Uruguay is almost at the fullness of its freedoms in meetings, economy, in the workplace and culture, it is because there has been a responsible freedom. We give in, it gets complicated, and now there is a global and regional push," he added.
Uruguay reported at least 2,701 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 53 deaths as of Friday morning.