Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced issued this Sunday afternoon a new executive order that extends the curfew or the end of the hours allowed to leave the residences from 5:00 a.m. at 10:00 p.m. until July 22, 2020, at the same time that it establishes the parameters for the beginning of work in the public sector and in the public and private education system.
This new order will take effect from July 1. "As in previous executive orders, the importance of wearing a mask at all times is emphasized, as recommended by the medical 'task force' and the Secretary of Health," the governor said in a statement.
" The precautionary measures that will be mandatory to comply with are the use of a mask, scarf or cloth to cover the area of the mouth and nose at all times; maintain a minimum space of six feet between people when visiting an establishment, store, restaurant, cinema or office; and avoid unnecessary crowds, "said the first executive.
From the press release provided by La Fortaleza, no additional or more stringent control measures at airports appear, at a time when the medical 'task force' of the governor warns of the danger of the increase in passenger arrivals and when at least three recent outbreaks on the island have been related to the arrival of people by that route.
The governor said that they "remain vigilant and closely monitor the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the United States and other countries, and later it will be pronounced regarding the measures to be taken at airports in the event of the arrival of passengers. "
" Every citizen has the responsibility to take precautionary measures to avoid the spread of this virus. But we cannot forget that we live in the midst of a pandemic and that we have to take care of ourselves in order to take care of our loved ones. Let us continue to be responsible, ensuring the well-being of all of us who live on this island, ”the governor said in written statements. For the announcement of this new order, La Fortaleza did not summon journalists.
The governor indicated that, during the term of this order –which lasts three weeks on the recommendation of the medical task force–, “responsible monitoring will be carried out , analyzing the measures taken to be able to study their effects and adopt any necessary modifications in a timely manner. ”
Public career employees from all areas rejoin jobs
The order establishes that career employees of the government of Puerto Rico that the appointing authority determines necessary in their work plan shall begin to work in stages in their respective agencies on July 1.
“With In order to preserve the health and safety of public employees, each agency head must maintain all the safety, health and infection control measures established in the Management Plan for Exposure Control and Risks COVID-19 ", La Fortaleza said in the statement.
Government offices may receive public
Likewise, the The order gives the green light to the agencies that offer services to the citizenry to begin receiving the public in their facilities as of July 6, 2020, taking all the measures established in the Risk Management and Exposure Control Plan COVID-19.
“Each agency, according to its particularity, must notify citizens of the conditions for care and offering services. It is important to avoid crowding and the use of masks is mandatory, "reads the statement.
Schools and universities will be able to receive students, following protocols
 As for services in university educational centers, the new order will allow the opening of its services in person, but each institution must prepare a protocol for COVID-19 in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC), the Department of Health and PR-OSHA standards.
The opening of university educational services will be allowed, complying with the separation parameter of six feet, the mandatory use of a mask and washing Frequent hands.
Similarly, public schools and private schools – whose classes are scheduled to start in mid-August – must prepare and prepare their plans s work to reopen the campus in accordance with the health and safety parameters to prevent the spread of the virus during the next school semester.
“Each educational entity, including the Department of Education, must timely present their plans for returning to school and the modality in which their courses will be offered "sustains the order.
Each educational entity must establish, in addition, communication and education activities for the opening with the teachers, parents and guardians of the students, on how They will be the protection protocols for employees and students so that their doubts and concerns are dispelled and “that it is recognized that the responsibility to avoid contagion is shared.”
The order clarifies that the opening of private schools and schools of the public education system during the validity of this measure (until July 22) have the purpose of preparing the facilities for the next or school semester, but students will not be able to visit the campus yet.
Restart the collective transportation service
On the other hand, Vázquez Garced He indicated that as of July 1, this order allows the sale of the electronic lottery and the traditional lottery, as well as the collective transportation service, in accordance with the regulations established by the Metropolitan Authority of Buses (AMA) and by the Train. Urban for COVID-19.
The protocol for funerals and burials continues in force
As for funerals and burials, they can be carried out according to the protocol established by the Department of Health. To this end, cemeteries may open to the public, provided they comply with the precautionary measures, the rules of social distancing and the protocol established by the Department of Health.
The entry of children under 12 years of age, both to funeral homes as cemeteries. The hours for all funeral services will be until 8:00 pm, since, as part of the protocol promulgated by the Department of Health, a space must be separated after every wake to disinfect the area.
Sports events will be allowed from July 15th
The new order will also allow the resumption of individual, collective or full team sports and recreational training, in accordance with compliance with the guidelines and norms promulgated by the Department of Recreation and Sports and within the hours allowed in the curfew.
As of July 15, 2020 – within the hours allowed in the curfew – the resumption of sporting events only in professional leagues, with the exception of contact sports, such as boxing, among others.
Casinos may open
Casinos may open, "as long as they do not exceed the maximum occupancy equivalent to 75% of the capacity established in the current building code in Puerto Rico (PR Building Code 2018)".
These establishments must comply with the protocols and guidelines established by the Gaming Division, which are in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC, the Department of Health and PR-OSHA for COVID-19, according to the La Fortaleza press release.
Shops and restaurants will be able to receive more public
On the other hand, the occupancy of shops and restaurants was modified to be up to 75% occupancy, according to the capacity established in the current building code, contrary to the 50% established by the executive order in force until June 30.
“Each commercial premises will be responsible for complying with the safety and health measures required in the reopening protocols, including, but not limited to the use of adequate personal protective equipment, screening and social distancing, "warns the new directive.
There may be face-to-face concerts, but with social distancing
In In the area of entertainment, the order authorizes the opening of venues for face-to-face events and concerts, complying with the standards of the CDC, the Department of Health and the COVID-19 standards of PR-OSHA, including the six-foot separation parameter, the mandatory use of a mask, frequent hand washing and disinfection of the establishment on a daily basis, according to the protocols established by the industry .
“Each location must establish a risk control plan for COVID-19 in accordance with CDC, Department of Health guidelines, and PR-OSHA COVID-19 standards. Producers will be responsible for following the risk control plans established by the 'venues' so that each event is carried out in compliance with this, ”says the new order.