The secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, reported that action was taken today against two establishments in Ponce that do not meet health requirements and violate the executive order signed by Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced 2020-044, for what they were closed.
The establishments are: 69 and El Mangoito. The diligence was carried out by personnel from the Department of Health, with the collaboration of agents of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau and the administration of the municipality of Ponce. In both cases, the rules of social distancing and the use of masks, as well as other health requirements, were violated.
“Our commitment is firm to enforce all the laws established to safeguard the health of the people of Puerto Rico. It is the responsibility of everyone, individuals and merchants, to stand up against the spread of Covid-19 and comply with the executive order established for these purposes. We will use all the tools at our disposal so that said order is carried out and guarantee the health of Puerto Ricans, "said the secretary.
González Feliciano added that" we urge private citizens, as well as members of the health industries, to continue notifying any violation of law or activity that violates the executive orders issued, as well as the Laws that the Department of Health administers, in order to take immediate corrective actions. ”
On the other hand, in recent days it was achieved that the“ Centers for Disease Control and Preventions ”(CDC) will include in the“ Do Not Board ”(DNB) list people who are currently in Puerto Rico and are carriers of Covid-19. They are people that the Department of Health has identified and notified that they have to remain in quarantine and / or isolation in their residences. However, and knowing that they are carriers of the virus, they intend to travel abroad exposing other people to the disease.
As part of the restrictions established in DNB, people will not be able to travel on trains, buses, and ferries or boats. This to avoid spreading the disease to other passengers, flight crews or people in their respective destinations. It is important to mention that the CDC maintains constant communication with the Department of Health and both agencies provide support to address these issues.
According to the official, it is the first time that the Department of Health uses these mechanisms in Puerto Rico to prevent spreading
“The situation merits citizen responsibility and we are going to use the necessary resources to let citizens know that the pandemic is not over. We continue in pursuit of our goal, developing advanced strategies and technologies that allow us to ensure compliance with the laws we administer, thus guaranteeing the protection and health of our people, "González Feliciano concluded.