Puerto Rico – Representative José Pérez Cordero, requested yesterday, Monday, from Governor Wanda Vázquez, the reopening, with strict health and safety measures, of the so-called “chinchorros”.
“The western region of our island is one of the most affected by the measures imposed to combat COVID-19. Our economy is in danger, so we ask the Governor to amend the current Executive Order to allow the operations of these businesses, the chinchorros, “he said in a statement released this Tuesday.
This reopening “has to be done under the strictest health protocols, including work plans developed by experts such as epidemiologists and with the support of municipal governments, since these businesses are small operations, generally the owners manage and even work them. ”Said Pérez, who represents District 18 of Aguada, Añasco, Moca, Rincón and Mayagüez.
“These businesses have been closed for months and many of them can’t take it any longer and will be forced to close operations permanently, leaving many people out of work and that cannot be allowed. Those who operate these small businesses are parents whose only support is the same ”, he stressed.
Likewise, the municipalities “receive income from the operations of the hammocks, income that is needed now more than ever to deal with the pandemic and its effects. The vast majority of these hammocks are open-air establishments, which can operate under the standards of other similar companies and under much and continuous regulation of agencies such as the Department of Health ”, he added.
In this way, the legislator, affiliated with the New Progressive Party (PNP), joins the request of the mayor of the municipality of Coamo, Juan Carlos García Padilla, who also requested that the hammocks be opened.
Puerto Rico’s economy has contracted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
According to data from the Planning Board, in the first seven months of the year sales were 11.4 percent below those of the same period last year.
Small businesses accumulate a decrease in sales of 21.7 percent.
A hammock is usually operated by a single family whose income depends on what it generates.