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.

It’s the Law: No Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

No Handheld Mobile Use While Driving

A new law, prohibiting the use of handheld mobile phones while driving, goes into effect in Puerto Rico on 01 January 2013. The law specifically bans drivers from texting or talking on cellphones, without the use of hands-free equipment, while driving.

Violations carry a $50 fine.

Note that violating this law is a primary offense — You can be pulled over and ticketed just for talking on the phone (without hands-free equipment) or for texting while driving. You do not need to be pulled over for some other moving violation first.

The bill was signed into law back in October 2011, but the enforcement of the law as delayed until now to allow for a period of public education and orientation about the new law, and for the installation of road signs informing the driving public about the law.

What Does the Law Say?

  • The law goes into effect 01 January 2013.
  • Violations carry a $50 fine.
  • All drivers are prohibited from talking on wireless or mobile phones, without the use of hands-free equipment, while operating a motor vehicle.
  • All drivers are prohibited from using portable electronic devices for reading or writing text or email messages while operating a motor vehicle.
  • This law applies to all drivers — cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses — no exceptions.
  • Cellphones may be used by the driver to make medical or security emergency calls.
  • Cellphones may be used by the driver to initiate or terminate a phone call.
  • Cellphones may be used by the driver while the car is not running, and while the car is not in traffic.
  • Cellphones may be used by the driver as a GPS unit while driving.
  • Hands-free equipment is defined as a speaker-phone, cabled earphones/headset, wireless/Bluetooth earphones/headset, or a vehicle-integrated microphone/speaker system.

My 2¢

No Handheld Mobile Use While Driving

When this law was first proposed, the fine was going to be $100/violation. But it was argued that $100 would be too much of a hardship for people to pay, so it was lowered to $50. Um … I thought that was the whole point of a fine.

They’ve had 14 months to install road signs to make people aware of the law. Has anyone seen any of these signs? I sure haven’t!

I’m not sure if a cellphone wedged into a motorcycle helmet qualifies as hands-free equipment. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Apparently, initiating a call (i.e. dialing a cellphone) is not a distraction while driving. Funny … I find that to be the most distracting part.

For More Info …

You can find out more about Ley de Vehículos de Tránsito de Puerto Rico articles 1.42-A, 1.97-B and 10.25 on the LexJuris web site (in Spanish).

http://www.lexjuris.com/lexlex/Leyes2011/lexl2011201.htm http://www.elnuevodia.com/yaesleyprohibidoelusodecelularesalconducir-1090347.html http://www.primerahora.com/nosepodrausarelcelularmientrasseguiaapartirdel2013-552198.html http://www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com/news03.php?nt_id=63217&ct_id=1 http://www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com/news03.php?nt_id=73570&ct_id=1 survey: http://www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com/prnt_ed/news02.php?nw_id=5981&ct_id=26

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