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.

Mar Sin Barreras – Accommodating Special Needs in Luquillo

Just because Puerto Rico is surrounded by water doesn’t mean that everyone can easily enjoy the beach. Oftentimes, people with mobility issues or other special needs are excluded from enjoying the simple things that most of us take for granted. That changes now! Mar Sin Barreras (or Sea Without Barriers) recently reopened in Luquillo to provide increased beach and ocean accessibility to residents and tourists with disabilities.

Mar Sin Barreras in Luquillo

Inspired by a young disabled girl (Rosimar Hernández) who, in 1994, asked the Puerto Rico government to “tear down the barriers that limit the enjoyment of our beaches to the people with disabilities”. The Mar Sin Barreras concept was approved and, in 1995, it became a reality on the far east end of Balneario Monsarrate in Luquillo. Over time, lack of funds and maintenance caused the facility to fall into disrepair, and it was eventually shut down. But the dream never died — it just took a while to get re-established.

Finally, in 2021, after a lot of planning, collaboration between some government and private agencies, donations, and loads of volunteer work, Mar Sin Barreras came alive again and has reopened! Volunteers made a beautiful mural on the outside of the building, showing happy people enjoying ocean scenes (including Rosimar!). Really pretty!

Mar Sin Barreras in Luquillo

This special area is for the enjoyment of people with handicaps and their family/guests (though of course anyone can sit on the beach here). The area consists of about 50 handicapped-only designated parking spaces very close to the beach. If you don’t have a government-issued hang tag, you can drop people off here, and then go park in usual beach parking area.

Mar Sin Barreras in Luquillo

From the parking area, it is just a few feet of pavement — with ramps for easy walking or rolling — to the open-air building, with only a narrow beach standing between you and the ocean. At the reception area, you will meet the people who can help make sure everyone has a great day at the beach. There are working restrooms and showers, changing area (with special lifts, seats, or a bed if needed), flotation devices, special chairs, lifeguards, and some covered picnic gazebos.

Mar Sin Barreras in Luquillo

We met Elizabeth Rodriguez Gonzalez, who is in charge of the area. She is bilingual and can work with people with all handicaps (blind, deaf, physical, emotional, etc). They have large wheeled chairs for ease of mobility on sand, and a couple special amphibious lounge chairs to move people into the ocean. Elizabeth will work with the family, and educate everyone on the use of these chairs and the flotation devices.

Mar Sin Barreras in Luquillo

She will help each handicapped person, float you out of the transport chair, and stay with you in the water until everyone is comfortable. She even teaches exercises you can do in the water to help with your flexibility. Then she will leave you to enjoy the water with your family/guests. When you are done, she will help get you back into the transport chair , get you out of the water, and help with any other equipment needed (in the restroom, shower, changing room). She is fantastic, and wants to make sure everyone really has a great day. And all of this is free for the users.

Keep in mind that this refurbishment was done mostly with donations and volunteers. So not everything is complete or as nice as it could be. The building itself still needs work, and the restrooms are not pretty, but they work!

Mar Sin Barreras in Luquillo

Details

There is no cost to utilize the Mar Sin Barreras facility (other than the normal $4 fee to enter the Balneario parking lot). They are always thankful for any donations to help complete and improve the area. Donations can be made at the beach or sent via ATH Móvil to 787-905-0218 (Beira Garcia), with a note it is for the Mar Sin Barreras improvement.

The facility is open Wednesday- Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Closed major holidays like Three Kings Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

In order to utilize the handicapped parking at the facility, a government-issued handicap hangtag is required. If you have one issued by your local State, be sure to bring it!

You can visit their Facebook page for more information.

you can write directly to Elizabeth Rodriguez Gonzalez at elizabethrodzgonz@yahoo.com to get any questions answered.

To get to Mar Sin Barreras, enter the main Balneario parking area and turn left onto road that goes by walkway to the Balneario. Road turns to the right at the buildings, then follow the road until the end. When we went, it was confusing because the were conflicting signs that said “Official Vehicles Only” and “Entrada Mar Sin Barriers”.

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