The safety of Puerto Rican residents and all visitors to our Island is our utmost priority as the world comes together to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Puerto Rico has put an Island-wide issues management plan in place, and is exercising an abundance of caution with policies in place for residents and tourists to avoid the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Island. The mandates below are being strictly enforced, which means residents and tourists need to abide by these policies or they will be subject to significant repercussions. While we understand these measures may impact your visit, the Government of Puerto Rico is providing complimentary excursions on future travel to current visitors on the Island. For more information, current visitors can email [email protected]
Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced announced Thursday a new executive order that will make business operations, sports activities and worship services more flexible starting Tuesday, May 26.
- Due diligence is needed across all crucial ports of entry and exit and for this reason, the Government of Puerto Rico activated the Puerto Rico National Guard to assist with enhanced health screenings of all passengers upon arrival into SJU, which consists of a brief verbal screening or temperature check via thermographic cameras. Additionally, rapid testing is being offered to incoming passengers, but is not compulsory. These measures make the process of screening all arriving passengers to the airport more efficient and reliable. All commercial flights have been diverted to SJU to control passenger traffic and all passengers (visitors and residents) must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, regardless of symptoms.
- The Island has implemented an Island-wide curfew for everyone, including tourists, through June 15, 2020. Curfew hours are from 7:00PM – 5:00AM. The only exceptions to the curfew are for those who are working or in cases of emergency.
- Like many U.S. cities and states, the Island is promoting social distancing and suspending all large events on the Island until June 15, 2020. This is in accordance with the CDC’s guidance for large events and mass gatherings.
- Among the activities that being relaxed are indoor dining at restaurants, which will be limited to 25 percent occupancy at each respective location, while delivery services may be provided until midnight.
- Tours: All tours will be closed until further notice.
- Barbershops and beauty salons may reopen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but only by appointment. However, she emphasized that there should be no one in waiting rooms and stylists and customers must wear face coverings at all times.
- Retail stores such as shops and hardware stores may open to the public starting Tuesday. However, establishments at shopping malls may only begin to educate employes on the reopening protocols and to prepare stores. Clothing and shoe stores will not be able to allow customers to try on merchandise, so the governor requested that more flexible return policies be established. The order establishes that stores may only admit 50 percent of their capacity. In shopping malls, only one person per 100 square feet will be allowed.
- Auto dealerships will be able to open, but only by appointment, as will car washes. Also, pet groomers are allowed to reopen.
- Funerals can only be attended by 10 people one or two hours before the funeral or crematorium.
- Real estate agents will be able to resume work but only visit unoccupied property units.
- Academic research laboratories can resume their work and private schools are authorized to open to coordinate virtual summer camps.
- Beaches reopened but only to be used for exercise, as well as golf courses. “The Department of Recreation and Sports will issue guidelines,” said the governor, adding that public beaches may not yet be used for day, outings” and insisting that at this phase people’s cooperation will be essential.
- Regarding navigation and fishing, Vázquez said the Department of Natural Resources will prepare guidelines. However, boating will be allowed as recreation in this first phase but only “from marina to marina.” It will not be possible to anchor at beaches or hold group activities on the vessels. In addition, boats must maintain a distance of 15 feet.
- Horse-racing can resume, but people cannot attend the races.
- The Electronic Lottery will begin to be sold again; however, the Traditional Lottery will not.
Following guidance from leading global health authorities, who continue to urge travelers to adhere to healthy travel practices to help protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease. These are the same best practices that are standard for a typical flu season, and include avoiding close contact with people who show signs of illness, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and washing your hands often with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage on prevention and treatment and the World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.