Governor Reopens Certain Establishments with New Executive Order
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced Thursday a new Covid-19 related executive order (OE) that will go into effect on Monday and run through July 4.
The new executive order offers more flexibility for people who have received the Covid-19 vaccine and allows for reopening certain establishments.
Executive order 043-2020 increases to 75 percent capacity the maximum occupancy at private operation establishments that serve the public, including restaurants. Similarly, the opening of bars and nightclubs and are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Bars that have outdoor areas for consumers will not have any capacity limit. Still, the order states that a physical distance between people outside the family unit must be maintained by six feet.
Coliseums can operate at 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile, restaurants can open 24 hours, but between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. must only operate through the delivery of food services, picked up or curbside pickup services, and can not sell alcoholic beverages.
“As all our people need to know, we continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic even though we are in a much better position,” Pierluisi said. “The measures we have taken to protect ourselves, as well as the emphasis on a vaccination strategy, have allowed all indicators to continue to fall, and we finally see the lowest positivity rates. Only 100 people are hospitalized [today] due to Covid-19, and the positivity rate is at 2 percent.”
“I want to urge all the people of Puerto Rico to continue to take care of themselves, and I reiterate the importance that all those who are eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Pierluisi said.