New municipal curfew limits access to Old San Juan for visitors
By The Star Staff
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto issued a decree on Wednesday ordering the closure of Old San Juan to visitors after hours, as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
“It is not a limitation on entry and exit, it is to enforce the curfew in a neighborhood that other Puerto Ricans have certainly decided not to respect,” Cruz Soto said at a press conference.
San Juan Municipal Police Commissioner Col. José Luis Caldero López added that “[n]o person who is not a resident of Old San Juan should go there after 10 at night.”
The mayor also announced that if Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced does not adjust curfew hours, then she will.
“If the governor does not reduce the schedule tomorrow, we are going to reduce it under the authority that the Autonomous Municipalities Law gives us,” she said.
Cruz Soto said the market squares in Río Piedras and Santurce will operate from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and no one will be able to consume food in the dining room area. The capital city’s cemeteries will remain closed with visits limited to Saturdays, she said.
El Escambrón beach, meanwhile, will be closed during the months of July and August. The mayor also said she will impose fines of $50 to $100 on individuals and businesses for failure to wear a mask.