Governor comments on next executive order

By The Star Staff

Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced on Wednesday promised greater flexibility when it comes to the implementation of the next executive order for protective measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are listening to the doctors, to the Economic Task Force, [and] we are going to work on that to present to the media to bring the message to Puerto Ricans about what we are going to do for the next executive order,” Vázquez said in response to questions from the press. “We have had some progress.”

“We had some advances in terms of the positives. It’s certainly true, there were some advances in that regard,” the governor said. “But we have to emphasize that it is the responsibility of each one, individually. You saw it with the photos [of a party in Morovis] that we saw during the [past] weekend. It is unacceptable that there are still citizens who do not understand. Look, we’ve said it many times. It is [a matter of] individual [responsibility]. We cannot continue to delay the development of our economy [because] there are still citizens who do not understand how important it is that one wears their mask. It’s as simple as wearing a mask.”

“We are going to examine those recommendations that they are making to us and we are going to report what those provisions are in the new executive order,” Vázquez reiterated.

“I think there may be some changes,” she said. “I want to acknowledge the advances that have been made in the economic sector that have also strengthened its safety measures, its protection measures for citizens, and I believe that we must also recognize this and give them the opportunity so that the economy does not continue to be hurt.”

The governor added that she will make the announcement on the new executive order before the current order expires.

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