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Puerto Rico gov will announce new COVID-19 executive order

By on June 11, 2020

SAN JUAN – The Caribbean Cinemas theaters at the Outlets at Montehiedra shopping center will be the setting from which the governor, Wanda Vázquez Garced, will announce on Thursday the new executive order related to COVID-19.

According to a release issued by the La Fortaleza executive mansion, the announcement will be made at 5 p.m.

Since the past few weeks, the governor has announced the gradual reopening of economic activity more than two months after the quarantine began on March 15.

Another issue that has raised questions is the curfew, which is currently between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Superior Court Judge Anthony Cuevas Ramos ordered last Tuesday that the government express itself regarding a recourse for a declaratory sentence and request for injunction, in which an order to cease and desist is issued, and that the provisions of Executive Order 2020-041 be declared unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs are Laura Llerandi González and Francisco Domínguez Llerandi, who claim to be the owners and managers of the only open-air drive-in movie theater in Puerto Rico, operating as Auto Cine Santana, located in the Santana neighborhood of Arecibo. They allege that they have been prevented from operating their drive-in business since March 15, which has caused irreparable damage.

Meanwhile, the president of the Puerto Rico Restaurants Association (Asore by its Spanish acronym), Ramón Leal, said they were invited to a meeting Wednesday with the governor, other officials and groups of business owners in which they requested that the restrictions for this industry be relaxed.

“We are ready. The restaurant industry needs to open…in a normal way and we have requested that the curfew is moved so that people can go to eat at restaurants until 11:00 at night so it makes sense to be able to open many restaurants that have not opened. We also want to increase the capacity…in restaurants up to 50 percent,” Leal said in a radio interview (WKAQ).

The Department of Health report, under the newly established definitions, reported a probable death from COVID-19, while one confirmed death and 22 probable cases were registered. The number of deaths increased to 144 and the number of confirmed cases is 1,403. There are a total of 3,949 probable cases.