The swearing-in ceremony for governor-elect Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia will take place in the morning before a limited audience of about 400 guests.
The ceremony will take place on the north side of the Capitol and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am
In addition to the regular security measures, as part of the additional protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who participates in the ceremony will be required to present a certification that guarantees that they tested negative for the dangerous coronavirus in a test carried out within 72 hours of the event. This provision also extends to members of the press who participate in the coverage of the ceremony.
The presiding judge of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, will be in charge of swearing in the governor-elect.
Pierluisi is expected to deliver a message to the people as part of the ceremony.
According to reports, the participation of the president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, as well as some former governors is expected among the guests.
Similarly, it was anticipated that among the guests there would be mayors and elected legislators, members of the cabinet, as well as justices of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, federal judges, and the immediate family of the governor-elect.
The participation of the general public will not be allowed. However, the public that so wishes will be able to enjoy the ceremony through its live transmission by different media.
The Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra will entertain the ceremony.
Although the specific detail was not offered, Pierluisi himself said that the ceremony would not be long.
Contrary to previous swearing-in ceremonies, the walk from the Capitol to La Fortaleza, where Pierluisi hopes to reside during his tenure, will not take place, as his predecessors have done.
Meanwhile, traffic on Luis Muñoz Rivera Avenue will be closed until 8:00 pm, and on Constitución Avenue until 3:00 pm In both cases, the closure will be between Reverendo Gerardo Dávila Street and the Olympic House.
Although the Pierluisi committee and the governor-elect himself have insisted that security measures would be sufficient to make the ceremony safe, most health experts have said that any type of ceremony, celebration or gathering that should be avoided should be avoided. Suppose a crowd of people.
The swearing-in ceremony before the public is carried out if the incoming ruler so wishes and organizes it, but it is not required by law, nor by constitutional provision, as Pierluisi alleged in recent days, erroneously, while defending the act. In any case, the governor-elect cataloged the ceremony before the public as “an indispensable formality.”