Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🍔 ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
👪 The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
👪 The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
📄 ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Convento de Porta Coeli – The Second Oldest Church in PR

2/21- They are open!

Convento de Porta Coeli

If you are interested in religious art and old architecture, a visit to the Convento de Porta Coeli church in the town of San German is a must. Convento de Porta Coeli, the second oldest church in the "New World", was restored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and is now a museum called the Museo de Arte Religioso.

Located in the south-west part of Puerto Rico, San German is a bit off the beaten path, but it is a really neat town to visit. The historic district has loads of wonderful old buildings, and the primary church located on the town plaza is beautiful. If you’re visiting that part of the island, plan a little extra time to make a side-trip to San German.

Some History

Convento de Porta Coeli was originally built by Dominican monks built as a monastery in 1609. In 1692, the Friars added a little chapel. There were a few restorations throughout the ages. During the 18th century the convent and chapel were rebuilt, and the Porta Coeli church was constructed.

Convento de Porta Coeli

But time took its toll, the convent was abandoned, and eventually demolished. After a storm seriously damaged the church, it was sold in 1949 to the Puerto Rican government for safe-keeping.

Today, all that remains of the old convent is one ruined wall that is attached to the north side of the church. But the church is good as new, having been restored in 1960 by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (Insituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña). It is currently a museum of religious art, housing various paintings and wooden carvings from the 18th and 19th centuries. It was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places as Convento de Porta Coeli in 1976.

Inside the Church

Convento de Porta Coeli

The museum itself is not all that big, but they have a number of interesting pieces on display. The pews in the back part of the church were removed to make room for exhibits, while the front part was kept as as it was back in the day.

The religious art and statues that are on display are really beautiful. The original 18th century, carved, Baroque-style tableau (or altarpiece) is still there. There are some really unusual paintings and carvings from through out the 16th century up to current time. There are works from Spanish and Mexican, as well as Puerto Rica,n artisans are on display. They have informational placards about each piece, but the information is all in Spanish. We found the person at the door was able to answer our questions, in English. Photos are allowed inside, without flash.

Walk around town

Convento de Porta Coeli

Once you are done exploring museum, make sure you spend some time exploring other things in this town. There is lots of great historical architecture. Stop at the tourism office in the town hall for a map, and possible guided tour of the town.

Details

Admission to the museum is $3 for adults, $2 for kids (under 11) and seniors (over 65).

The museum is open Wednesday- Sunday 8am-12n and 1p-4:00pm (closed 12-1 for lunch).

Allow about 1 hour to visit the museum.

You can call they museum at 787-892-5845 for more information.

You can visit the Insituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña web site for more information

There is metered street parking right next to the church. We also saw a public parking deck on the main street, just a few blocks from the town plaza.

Driving directions from Route 2 — Take Route 360 south into San German. The church is located on the corner of Calle Rama and Calle Santiago Veve.

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