Governor says next executive order will mandate stricter Covid testing at airport
SAN JUAN – Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced announced Tuesday that for the next executive order, she will make taking tests stricter for all travelers who come to the island, this, due to outbreaks of COVID-19 reported in the last few hours in Canóvanas and Guayanilla.
“Yes, without a doubt we are working on a little more stringent measures for the entry of tourists, passengers, not only residents, but the people who come due to the opening of Puerto Rico, we will probably announce it in the next executive order,” the governor replied to questions from the press.
She mentioned that a traveler could bring the result of a negative test or else they will have to undergo testing.
“We are going to make sure that the people who arrive in Puerto Rico can contribute; perhaps a negative molecular result or otherwise, once they enter Puerto Rico they have to know that they have to take the test or else, they cannot be exposed freely if the test is not done,” she added.
Asked about the power the executive branch has to compel travelers to undergo a coronavirus test, which is currently carried out on a voluntary basis, she explained that the secretary of Health has that power.
“The Department of Health has all the power in the world to establish—the secretary—the measures to protect the population and they are implemented through an executive order that, as you know, we are in the midst of an emergency, we are handling it and executive orders correspond to as if it were the law,” the governor said.
Her remarks came after the announcement, together with several mayors, of funds to revitalize urban centers in some municipalities.