May 12, 2021

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Legislative Assembly suspends work due to COVID-19

Employees and lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19.

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THE CAPITOL – The legislative presidents, Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez and José Luis Dalmau Santigado reported on Friday, the suspension of work, after employees and legislators tested positive for COVID-19.

The president of the House of Representatives expressed that: “Taking into consideration the unfortunate events notified by the Senate regarding positive cases for COVID-19, we will be taking the following steps in a preventive manner:

1. All the personnel of the House of Representatives will continue to work remotely and through digital platforms, except for essential personnel, as notified by taking the security measures provided in the protocol to attend to these cases.

2. It has been coordinated so that all personnel assigned to the House of Representatives and the Superintendency of the Capitol undergo compulsory tests for COVID-19 next Thursday, April 15, 2021.

3. Next week’s Legislative Session has been canceled. The Chamber resumes its Session on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1:00 in the afternoon.

4. Public calendar hearings will not be canceled. The views will be performed digitally by the Zoom platform with only essential personnel. Any planned agenda of meetings and commitments of the elected officials of the Chamber will remain unchanged through digital platforms, ”Hernández Montañez said in a written communication.

While the president of the Senate maintained that he adopted an Administrative Order to decree a work break from Monday, April 12, 2021, until Friday, April 16, 2021.

“Given the threat to health posed by Covid-19, I have decreed an administrative recess to safeguard health and provide greater security to employees who work in the Senate. We have a firm commitment not only to our staff, but also to their respective families and the people who visit us, ”said Dalmau Santiago.

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