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.

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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