Strength – The governor announced on Friday, the signing of Executive Order 2020-077 related to COVID-19, whose effectiveness is from Saturday to November 13.
It establishes the continuation of the curfew from 10:00 at night to 5:00 in the morning.
“In this new order, as in the previous ones, we have had the opportunity to have scientific and economic experts at the various meetings. Certainly, there are areas in which we may not have a full consensus, such as the request from the economic sector to increase business occupancy to 60-67 percent and raise the curfew until 11:00 at night. It is a priority for me to make decisions that do not jeopardize advances in the management of the pandemic but above all that protect the life and health of all Puerto Ricans. In a transition decision and looking for a balance between the groups, I have determined only to increase 5 percent to the economic sectors that were in 50 percent, corresponding to them as of tomorrow 55 percent of the occupation of their businesses. Those who had 25 percent will increase by 5 percent, corresponding to a 30 percent occupation of their businesses. It is not acceptable to increase more at this time, even though we can see progress in reducing the level of infections. We cannot let our guard down. There is a worldwide rebound and we do not want to harm what has been advanced ”, explained the first executive in written statements.
She explained that the percentage of occupation of commercial establishments and dining rooms of restaurants that were up to 50 percent, will increase to 55 percent.
Places that used to be 25 percent capacity, such as movie theaters, casinos, and gyms, can now have up to 30 percent occupancy.
Likewise, the capacity in the swimming pools of hotels and housing complexes may be used at a maximum occupancy of 30 percent of their capacity.
As of Monday, October 26, the public transportation services will be reestablished, meaning buses of the Metropolitan Authority of Buses and Urban Train, and the maritime transportation provided by the Maritime Transport Authority for tourists only for the island municipality of Culebra, for the moment.
This Executive Order is considering the necessary exemptions to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens in the next election event to be held.
“The Puerto Rico Police and the agencies concerned must continue to monitor compliance with the Executive Order and not allow or facilitate in any way its violation. Any proposal from any sector or municipality must be considered by the Department of Health in coordination with the Secretary of the Interior. The executive order will be monitored every week to determine any changes that are necessary, “added the governor.
Vázquez Garced highlighted that: “Each citizen must remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to avoid contagion, particularly in the most important event that is coming, which is the day of the general elections. Reinforce your protection measures with the compulsory use of masks, hand washing, and physical distancing. In the same way, I urge all citizens to get vaccinated against influenza to avoid major health problems in this peak season of the virus.