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New EO in effect until Oct. 14; private businesses must close by midnight


By Pedro Correa Henry

Twitter: @pete_r_correa

Special to The Star


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced Monday that the current executive order on vaccinating against COVID-19 remains intact until Oct. 14 as a measure to continue counteracting the pandemic and curb coronavirus cases.


The extension of the order combines with Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López’s administrative order issued last Thursday that bars the participation of children under 12 years of age in mass gatherings of 500 or more people.


“The vaccination and the measures we have taken to date have contributed to reducing the numbers in several areas,” the governor said. “However, the numbers are still at high levels, which is why it is necessary for the government to continue implementing actions to control infections and protect the lives of all citizens; even more so, when it is essential that our students continue to receive their classes in person and it is necessary to protect our economy.”


Pierluisi also highlighted the government’s responsibility to protect the lives of the entire population of Puerto Rico.


In view of this, he said that “it is necessary to continue taking measures in certain activities and places of high exposure to the virus to minimize infections and, consequently, hospitalizations and deaths.”


EO 2021-065 establishes a closing order from 12 midnight to 5 a.m. in all private operations that serve the public and that have commercial or sales purposes, consumer services, sports, recreation, or entertainment, among others.


Private operations that do not serve the public and other essential services are exempted from the closing hours.


Prohibition also remains in effect during curfew hours and includes both public and private events.


Meanwhile, the use of masks will continue to be required in closed places and in open places where 50 people or more are gathered.


Regarding maritime vessels, the EO continues to prohibit lashing or mooring several vessels together. It also prohibits anchoring on beaches, keys, and islets less than 100 feet from the shore, with the exception of the use of mooring buoys.


“We must all remain alert and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” the governor said. “The vaccine is the first measure of defense against this pandemic, so we continue to urge everyone who has not yet been vaccinated and has the opportunity, to make the decision for their own good and for the good of Puerto Rico.”

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