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San Sebastián artisans’ craft fair postponed


San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo

By The Star Staff


After eliminating musical performances that have been staged each year at the San Sebastián Street Festival and leaving in place the artisans’ fairs after the number of COVID-19 cases went up, San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo postponed the festivities altogether.


Romero announced Tuesday in a statement “the postponement of the artisans event that was being planned in lieu of the celebration of the traditional festivities of Calle San Sebastián 2022.” He did not provide an alternate date for the artisans event or the broader festivities.


The mayor referred to the provisions of Executive Order 2021-86 as a reason for postponing the events.


“Safety and health protection of our citizenry is our main objective,” Romero said. “Taking this into account and complying with Executive Order 2021-086 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that is in effect until January 16, 2022, which orders the cancellation and prohibits the holding of any activity that brings together more than 250 people, we have decided to postpone the traditional San Sebastián Street Festivities, including its artisans’ crafts component that was scheduled to be held from Jan. 13 to 16, 2022.”


Romero indicated that once the current executive order expires, he will evaluate the state of the pandemic on the island to determine whether to resume the activity with the artisans who were slated to sell their goods in the various city squares in order to provide them with the space to exhibit their works.


“Once again I reiterate my commitment to San Juan. We will be analyzing the matters related to the pandemic to announce the new date,” the mayor said. “In addition, we urge all merchants, visitors, and residents of Old San Juan to comply with the provisions of the Executive Order and avoid activities that promote the crowding of people.”

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