List of restrictions eased in Cuba
Posted on Wed, Apr. 02, 2008
(AP) — Since becoming president on Feb. 24, Raul Castro's government
has dropped some restrictions on daily life. Cubans can now:
— Legally own cell phones.
— Stay in luxury hotels or pay to use their gyms, hair salons and other
— Visit beaches, which had previously been reserved for tourists.
— Rent cars.
— Buy DVD players and other appliances; computers are to go on sale soon.
— Cultivate unused state land with cash crops such as coffee and
tobacco. Farmers will also be permitted to buy supplies at state-run
stores without special permission.
And the government could soon:
— Let Cubans travel freely nationwide — and possibly internationally.
— Increase the buying power of the peso, the currency most Cubans are
— Reduce restrictions on free enterprise that would allow more Cubans
to start their own small businesses.