Puerto Rico has put an Island-wide issues management in place as a preventative measure and is exercising an abundance of caution with new policies in place to avoid mass spread of COVID-19 throughout the Island.
The mandates below are being strictly enforced, which means residents and tourists need to abide by these new policies or they will be subject to significant repercussions, which consist of a fine of up to $5,000 and the risk of being arrested.
- The Government of Puerto Rico has activated the Puerto Rico National Guard to assist with enhanced health screenings of all passengers upon arrival into SJU, which consists of a brief temperature check, with further screening at the airport, if necessary.
- Like many U.S. cities and states, the Island is promoting social distancing by suspending all large events on the Island until March 30, 2020. This is in accordance with recently released CDC guidelines.
- The Island has established an Island-wide curfew from 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM, through March 30, 2020. The only exceptions are those who are working or in cases of emergency.
- All non-essential businesses, including theaters, malls, casinos, bars, gyms, attractions such tours, national parks and public beaches, and “any place that promotes the gathering of citizens in one place” are closed.
- Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential businesses like restaurants that offer takeout or delivery will only be open through 6:00 PM.
- Taxis will only work from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM with the exception of those servicing the airports.