Gov Relaxes Coronavirus Restrictions
SAN JUAN – Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced Thursday certain changes that will apply to the new Executive Order to address the Covid-19 pandemic that will be in effect for two weeks, from Monday to May 23.
“I want to highlight the importance [of the fact] that we have not yet defeated this pandemic, so we cannot lower our guard and we have to continue taking all the preventive measures required to prevent infections. In addition, vaccination is proving to be effective in reducing cases and avoiding severe disease and mortality. If we continue to comply with prevention measures and ensure that we all get vaccinated, we will be able to achieve that collective immunity as soon as the end of the summer, as we all hope for,” the governor said.
According to Pierluisi’s office, the governor said the order includes “minor changes based on the sustained improvement in the levels of infections and hospitalizations in recent days. It will be valid for only two weeks—time that will be used to monitor the situation and evaluate any changes that may be necessary,” the press release reads.
Executive Order 2021-032 reduces the curfew by two hours, reverting it to run from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., with business establishments allowed to open until 11 p.m.
Occupancy in stores and restaurants remains capped at 30%, with the latter configures to maintain a minimum physical distance of 6 feet between diners
Excluded from the curfew are people who are attending emergency or health situations, including those who administer vaccines, those on their way to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who accompany them, among others. .
Regarding schools, the new order authorizes in-person teaching to resume, “as long as it complies with the guidelines of the Department of Health. This is consistent with the public policy of the administration of President Biden, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the scientific community’s recommendations, of the American Association of Psychiatry, among others. The Department of Health will be evaluating its protocols to align them with the recommendations of the CDC and the sustained trend in the reduction of cases at this time,” the release added.
The order also establishes that any activity or meeting must comply with the maximum capacity established which is 30%. Crowding at beaches, rivers, spas, marinas, swimming pools and other bodies of water, among others, remain strictly prohibited.