Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐Ÿ˜ท 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.
๐Ÿ˜ท 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.
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
โ›ต 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)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐ŸŸ๏ธ 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
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿšข 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)
๐Ÿ“„ The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
โœˆ๏ธ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
โ€ข The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
โœˆ๏ธ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
โ€ข 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.

Architectural Genius at Museo Casa Roig

10/19- The museum has closed. Hoping it will someday reopen.

It is hard to imagine how unusual Casa Roig must have looked when it was built back in the 1920s. It was one of the first concrete houses in Puerto Rico, and it was a modernist design — so different from the grand, classical estate homes of the ultra-rich in that era. It is easy to see the Frank Lloyd Wright “Praire style” inspiration in the architecture. The original building was left to ruin, so it had to be almost totally restored from the ground up. But they did a great job, and this house is really interesting to see.

Casa Roig

The original house was built in 1919 by Antonin Nechodoma for the Roig/Guzmรกn family. They were rich sugar barons who owned sugar plantations, and other interests, in the Humacao area. The architect studied in Chicago at the Chicago School. He took his studies of ultra-modern design, and he transformed it to work in the Caribbean climate. The high ceilings, big windows, and open-air interior was great for circulation.

The house has been restored using the original plans from Nechodoma, including features like the lily pond out front that was planned but not installed in the original house. They even made furniture using Nechodoma’s designs (like a puzzle). The floors are original, and a few of the mosaics and stained glass windows are original. The restoration has remade this unique house to preserve it for our enjoyment. As an added bonus, the upstairs of the house is an open art space, where they display works from various artists.

Casa Roig

Our Visit

We were given this tour by a bilingual student from UPR in Humacao. She explained all about the house, the family that lived there, the architect, and many features unique to the house. The downstairs rooms are lovely – each has beautiful stained glass doors, and the woodwork is really nice. Upstairs, they had works from two artists on display. The artist displays change throughout the year.

Casa Roig

We really liked the tour – it was quick and interesting, and the house was really unlike any we have seen here in Puerto Rico (though I know there are a few other remaining buildings in San Juan designed by this architect in the early 1900s).

Details

The tour is free, but they do ask for a voluntary donation to help support the house.

The museum is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4:30pm. There is one trick to touring this house โ€ฆ it is associated with the University of Puerto Rico, so it is closed during school holiday recess (when the university is closed). So call ahead to make sure they are open and available for tours.

Allow about an hour to tour the house.

You can call Museo Casa Roig at 787-852-8380 for more information.

There are two houses here the Casa Roig, the museum and one that belonged to one of the sons. This second house is used for offices, and is not open to public.

From Route 3 in downtown Humaco, turn to the south on Calle Antonio Lopez. Continue about 1ยฝ blocks to #66 Calle Antonia Lopez. It will be on your right. You can park on street in front of the house, or you can turn the corner onto Calle Esmeralda and park in the lot behind the house.

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