Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

The Views from Cerro Mime are Worth the Hike!

Orocovis is a mountainous town in the exact center of the island of Puerto Rico. While these mountains make driving a bit of a challenge, the views are fantastic, and they make for some interesting hikes. And believe me, the payoff when you peak these mountains is well worth the effort of getting there! Cerro Mime is one of those peaks. It is actually a rather short hike, but it is not easy.

Cerro Mime

The climb to the peak of Cerro Mime is a steep, but short trek. It is located on free-range cattle land, so I assume it is on private property, but it wasn’t posted as such. It is at the end of a very narrow road (we thought it was a driveway at first!). There is space to park about about 3 cars right at the start of the trail — make sure not to block the road or driveways. Then you just follow the path up to the peak. At the beginning of the trail there was a barbed wire fence that was open, but maybe should be closed so the cattle don’t wander out.

Cerro Mime

The first part is a wide, dirt/rock “road” which ends at a gate/fence. When you get to the fence (do not go through it) follow the fence to your left, going up (the fence will be on your right as you ascend). Then keep following the path up and up. It is a thin path, the ground is loose gravel in some spots, making footing “slippery”. In some parts you need to scramble up some rocks. Most of the trail has drop-offs on both sides, so keep to the trail. One also needs to keep an eye open for fire ant nests and cow plop. This is not really a trek for kids, people with bad balance, or fear of heights.

Cerro Mime

How long it takes to get to the peaks depends on how quickly you decide to go. Take your time, catch your breath, drink some water, and take some photos. It took us about 20-30 minutes, giving time to stop and take loads of photos. There are 3 “peaks” — the second one has the best views (in my opinion). Going down took a little less time. It is an in-and-out trail.

Cerro Mime

Details

Do this hike during daylight hours (obviously!).

Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good traction. The trail has loose gravel, so it is “slippery” even when dry (and I imagine a real mess if it is muddy).

The hike is in full sun, so a hat and sunscreen are recommended. And bring water to drink. It is hot, luckily there is a nice breeze on top!

Allow about 30 minutes for the hike up, and less for the hike down.

Turn off of Route 157 between KM 18.7 and KM 18.8 onto the thin street. Follow that to the end to where you can park. It is private property, so I hear there is now a $5 parking fee, but they have a bathroom for your use.

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