SAN JUAN – The director of the Investigations Office of the Department of Health, Jesús Hernández, reported that during the night of Friday and the early hours of Saturday several interventions were carried out in establishments in the metropolitan area, at the same time that they inspected other businesses to ensure compliance of the executive order that seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the island.
“The personnel of the Investigations Office received confidences that several establishments located in La Perla, in Old San Juan, did not comply with the executive order; However, when we arrived at the scene, only the manager of one establishment that sold skewers and alcoholic beverages could be fined, since the other establishments closed immediately. This place is the marquee of a residence and it had no name; in addition, he sold food and alcoholic beverages without the proper permits, ”explained Hernández, who indicated that people who were in the streets violating the curfew were oriented on the provisions of the law.
This establishment was fined and closed for violation of the curfew, consumption of alcoholic beverages outside the established hours, non-compliance with the use of masks and crowds of people.
As part of the round of interventions, the San Juan Water Beach Club was visited where, according to confidences, a party would be held, which was promoted through digital platforms. The Sunkissed Festival had different activities scheduled to be held during the weekend, but after the intervention carried out, they ruled out carrying out them.
“Fortunately, after our intervention and orientation, we were able to prevent the activity from taking place, in which people who traveled to Puerto Rico to attend it would participate. We guide the promoter of the party on the fines to which he would be exposed and he gave up the activity. It should be noted that as part of the requirements for people traveling to the island, they were required to bring a negative test for COVID-19, evidence that was presented to our inspectors by travelers ”, added the director of the Office of Investigations , who thanked the hotel administration and the director of the Tourism Company, Carla Campos, for their collaboration.
In addition, a closure order was issued to the Krazy Fire & Lounge establishment, located on Jesús T. Piñero avenue for violations of the executive order, and the 24 Market Place business on Chardón avenue, in Hato Rey, was fined for crowding on the outside.
“We reiterate that citizen responsibility is key to minimize contagion. We will continue to visit establishments to ensure compliance with the curfew, but we need people to cooperate by wearing the mask at all times, avoiding crowds and complying with the executive order, which is intended to prevent the spread of the virus. Stopping the chain of infections is everyone’s responsibility, ”Hernández pointed out.
Anyone who has information about the non-compliance of establishments in the measures of social distancing, crowding of people, use of masks, hand washing facilities or any other situation that endangers the safety of employees or visitors, can write to email [email protected]. The information received will be kept confidential and handled by personnel trained to deal with such situations responsibly.