Governor Enacts Mandatory Vaccination for Private Employees
Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced that starting on August 23 COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all employees working in restaurants, bars, sports bars, theaters, cinemas, arenas, convention centers, and other establishments where citizens conglomerate.
Executive Order 2021-63 establishes that businesses, including food courts, cafeterias, and any other place that sells prepared meals or beverages that do not ask for vaccination identification cards to customers, will have their client’s maximum capacity reduced by 50 percent.
Employees, who have not received their first vaccine, have until August 23 to start the vaccination process and until next October 7 to receive the second dose. Exceptions will be provided to citizens who are not vaccinated due to medical and religious reasons.
“This government has the pressing interest of safeguarding the life of the entire population in general and minimizing the possibility of transmission in core activities and places of high exposure,” said the governor in a press release.