Governor favors application of Public Order Code in tourism areas as well
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares said Thursday that he favors the total closure, which would include tourism areas, at 2 a.m. of establishments and the sale of alcoholic beverages throughout Puerto Rico, as part of the Public Order Codes
“If it benefits security, we are going to carry it out because it is the priority for us,” the governor replied to questions from the press.
Administration officials say the lack of a Public Order Code in the city of San Juan that requires the closure of businesses and the sale of alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m. is one of the causes of the increase in crime in areas such as the Condado tourist area and Loíza Street.
Amid claims by a group of Condado are residents, the governor, along with several officials visited the tourism-residential area Tuesday and committed to implementing several initiatives that mitigate the rise in crime.
“For me, the priority is safety,” the governor said.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto said that if business closures and the halt to alcohol sales at a certain time is established in the capital, the hotels and tourist areas should be included to avoid discrimination.
Hotels and tourist areas have been exempt from the application of Public Order Codes.