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Economic Task Force will offer businesses guidance on reopening requirements

By on June 4, 2020

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SAN JUAN – The secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Manuel Laboy Rivera, announced that on Thursday, June 4, at 5 p.m., he will hold a Facebook Live event (in Spanish) with a group of Economic Task Force members, to provide guidance on the basic requirements for the reopening of the economic sectors, the documents for which are available at, under the “Reactivación de Negocios,” or “Business Reactivation” section.

“Among the documents into which we will go into detail about their use and importance are: the Reopening Guide, Self-certification, Risk Assessment, as well as the Employer Survey, prepared jointly with the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics. It is intended to collect data on aspects related to COVID-19 in business in Puerto Rico. This survey is very important, as it helps us to get frequent and updated data that will allow businesses to take all the necessary measures to maintain services safely and efficiently,” Laboy Rivera said in a statement.

In addition to the DDEC secretary, other members of the Economic Task Force who will participate in the webinar include: the secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH), Briseida Torres Reyes; the co-spokesperson of the economic team and president of the Business Emergency Operation Center (BEOC), Emilio Colón Zavala; consultant Daneris Fernández; economist Roberto Toledo; and the executive director of the Statistics Institute, Orville Disdier.

“As a team, we continue to constantly work, together with the Medical Task Force, on evaluating how the economic sectors authorized to operate are flowing and evaluating others that could resume operations. Once we have a clear picture that there are no greater risks, we present our recommendation to the governor, Wanda Vázquez Garced, so that she can consider what has been presented and determine which industries and under which regulations they may begin to operate,” the DDEC secretary explained.

The Economic Task Force is made up of approximately 50 representatives of the private sector, among which are: economists, business people, engineers and professionals from various industries, among others. On the public sector side, the group is made up of the secretaries of the DDEC, Labor Department and Treasury, Francisco Parés Alicea; as well as the director of the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority of Puerto Rico, Omar Marrero; the director of the Ports Authority, Joel Pizá; and Ottmar Chávez, director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience.

The DDEC said that for any “doubts about the applicability of Executive Order 2020-41,” email

For specific information on Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA) regulations and self-certification, write to For questions related to the Employer Survey, contact the Statistics Institute via email, at