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Governor: More restrictions at airport in next executive order

By John McPhaul


Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced announced on Tuesday that due to outbreaks of COVID-19 reported in Canóvanas and Guayanilla, her next executive order will include more rigorous testing requirements for all travelers who come to the island.

“Yes, without a doubt we are working on a little more rigorous measures for the entry of tourists, pas- sengers, not only residents, but the people who come due to the opening of Puerto Rico,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “We will probably announce it in the next executive order.” She said a traveler could bring the result of a negative test or else they would have to undergo a test at the airport.

“We are going to make sure that the people who arrive in Puerto Rico can produce, perhaps a negative molecular result or otherwise,” Vázquez said.

“Once they enter Puerto Rico they have to know that they must undergo the test or else [they will] not be [allowed] in free exposure if the test is not done.”

Asked about the power that the executive branch has to compel travelers to undergo a coronavirus test, which is currently carried out on a voluntary basis, she noted that the island secretary of Healt has that power.

“The Department of Health has all the power in the world to give the secretary the measures to protect the population, and they are implemented through an executive order,” the governor said. “As you know, we are in the midst of an emergency, we are handling it and executive orders count as if they were in law.”