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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ 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)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

Lionfish On the Menu – How You Can Help

Lionfish in Puerto Rico

Since we first wrote about the Lionfish invasion, about a year ago, this fish species has continued its expansion in the waters of Puerto Rico, and throughout the Caribbean. Thankfully, there are groups of SCUBA divers and fishermen that are specifically targeting Lionfish in an effort to reduce their numbers in our waters. However, in order to really make a dent in the population explosion, more people need to get involved in the eradication effort.

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) is not native to the Caribbean, so they have no natural, local predators — which allows their population to flourish. While they are beautiful fish, they have voracious appetites and they are eating their way through the native fish and lobster populations. The result will be devastating for fishermen, the aquarium industry, and SCUBA/snorkel tourists, alike.

But What Can I do About it?

Good question. To paraphrase something that I read recently — We humans can devistate any species quite rapidly, if we put our minds to it. While I hope this fish continues to live happily in its home oceans, we do need to eradicate this non-native species from our local waters.

What you can do as a consumer

Eat it! Ask for it a local restaurants to encourage a market. Once the spines are cut off, the flesh is perfectly safe to eat.

Lionfish in Puerto Rico

We tried it, and it was tasty. It’s a white-fleshed fish, flaky with a mild taste. Tasted a lot like fried flounder. I bet it would be great pan seared or sauted.

While we were eating dinner, we had a nice talk with Freddie, the Lionfish fisherman. He said that these Lionfish are so numerous, that they are eating all the juvenile edible fish, so soon (if not stopped) there will be no other fish for us to eat. He said he has seen the number of these fish multiply rapidly on the reefs he fishes and has seen them eat everything.

The day we talked, he caught 38 good-sized fish. And he goes out every day and does the same. Last year he said he was getting only able to find about 10 Lionfish/day, and they were smaller in size. We need to eat more Lionfish, and fast!

Let us know if you know of other places that serve Lionfish on a regular basis. We’ll check out the restaurant, and possibly add it to this article. Update 7/19 : One of our readers (and a lionfish fisherman Terry Chevako Bava) said that “MenTa restaurant in Arecibo usually has lionfish available, and Playa Brava Beach Bar in Arecibo often does.You can sometimes buy lionfish from the fishermen in Old San Juan at the end of Paseo la Princesa.” Thanks for the updates and keep them coming!

What you can do as a fisherman or diver

Lionfish in Puerto Rico

Local fishermen and SCUBA divers are encourage to report Lionfish sightings. Learn how to safely catch them (remember they have lots of venomous spines and a sting can be extremely painful!). They are best caught with a spear. Other than a few local fisherman, there are a few dive companies, agencies and response teams in Puerto Rico (Sea Ventures, VCHT, DNER, Ecotono & Scuba Dogs) that help control the Lionfish population. Local entities will pay a bounty for each fish caught.

Let’s all work together to get more Lionfish onto dinner plates and out of our local waters! Our sealife depends on it!

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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