Municipality of San Juan Extends Cancellation of Activities Through May
Mayor Based Decision on Health Secretary’s Remarks About Peak Infection Period
SAN JUAN — The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, announced on Friday that as part of the measures to protect citizens, all cultural, sports and educational activities in that municipality will be canceled until May 30.
The mayor justified the action by referring to statements made by Health Secretary Lorenzo González, who said the peak period of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, according to the existing data to date, could extend from April 15 to May 8.
“This implies the total closure of the Tapia Theater, the Hiram Bithorn Sports Complex, the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, the Luis Muñoz Marín Park, and all sports facilities, the 39 sports training centers and the Cangrejitos. We know the impact that these measures have, but it is much more important to save lives and minimize the impact of contagion in San Juan and Puerto Rico,” Cruz said in a press release.
Although González has been indicating for several days that the information gathered thus far indicates that the peak of the outbreak would last until the first week of May, in a televised program originated by WIPR, he reiterated the statement with the members of the COVID-19 Task Force.
Likewise, the mayor indicated that “the tourist information offices in Old San Juan and the Tourism Office located in the Mayor’s Office will remain closed until May 30.” This includes the Casa Rosada and the tourist information kiosk in the Plaza de La Barandilla.
Cruz added that the drive-thru for COVID-19 testing continues to offer its services to patients who call 939-COVID-19.
“I urge the residents of San Juan to stay at home following all the recommendations to prevent infection and comply with the curfew to save lives, which is what all these efforts are about,” Cruz said.