Puerto Rico governor decrees curfew on Halloween
SAN JUAN – In search of avoiding a rise in crime during Halloween while more than 70% of Puerto Rico remains without electric power service after the passage of Hurricane Maria more than a month ago, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló decreed a curfew for the evening of Oct. 31.
The decision was announced Monday on the governor’s Twitter account, where he indicated that the decree will begin Tuesday at 10 p.m. and extend until Wednesday at 5 a.m. “to ensure the safety of citizens.”
This is not the first time the governor imposes a curfew. Following the devastation wrought by the major hurricane, Rosselló imposed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew as a measure to “maintain order” during the emergency in its aftermath.
After several amendments and nearly a month, the governor eliminated the decree on Oct. 18. During the period, 97 arrests were carried out for violations of the order for which state and federal government personnel dedicated to recovery tasks, among others, were exempt.