Hurricane Sam (updated 24 Sep 2021 @ 8am)
📍 Hurricane Sam is expected to strengthen to a "major" hurricane (Category 3) on Friday night or Saturday. The current forecast projection has the storm passing to the northeast of Puerto Rico. We will be keeping an eye on this system over coming days to monitor its development.
🌊 Expect storm surge from the hurricane to affect our beaches, especially on the north and east sides of the island, during the first half of the coming week.
🌦️ Keep an eye on our weather page for updates from the National Hurricane Center
Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Effective 16 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documention to access their facility.This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Top Local News Headlines

These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Friday, September 24, 2021.

Bravo Family Foundation announces Rising Entrepreneurs Program winners

Published 24 September 2021, 5:05 am
The Bravo Family Foundation (BFF) announced the winners of the second edition of its Rising Entrepreneurs Program (REP), an entrepreneurship acceleration initiative aimed to scale local tech and innovation startups with capital, mentoring, and world-class curricula.   Local startups Beauty 911, Sirena Patterns, and FindIt, which are all women-led, were declared the winners among a […] Read More →

New $8M Toyota dealership breaks ground in Bayamón

Published 24 September 2021, 5:04 am
With an investment of $8 million and the creation of more than 100 direct and indirect jobs, the construction of a new Toyota dealership in Bayamón broke ground, company officials announced. The facility is scheduled to open next year, with the goal of providing a greater inventory and a team trained “to find solutions according […] Read More →

Polytechnic University to distribute $8.5M in financial aid to students

Published 24 September 2021, 5:03 am
The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico announced that it will distribute a little more than $8.5 million in financial aid among its students in the San Juan, Orlando, and Miami campuses. These funds were assigned to the college as part of the 2021 American Rescue Plan. Each student will receive about $ 2,000 for the […] Read More →

USDA unveils resource guide to help rural communities find disaster recovery assistance

Published 24 September 2021, 5:02 am
The US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency unveiled a resource guide as part of National Preparedness Month to help rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance.      The United States endured 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2020, costing $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses and public infrastructure, agency officials […] Read More →

Optico Fiber, Blood Bank to hold blood donation drive in Santurce

Published 24 September 2021, 5:01 am
Optico Fiber, a local internet service provider, together with the Mutual Services Blood Bank, will carry out a Blood Donation activity open to the public on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the company’s headquarters on Ponce de León Ave. in Santurce. During September, the company has carried out the “Connect with […] Read More →

Bayer donates trees to nature reserve in Maunabo

Published 24 September 2021, 5:00 am
As part of its commitment to contribute to community planting efforts aimed at mitigating the impact that Hurricane María had on the Punta Tuna Wetlands Nature Reserve, Bayer Crop Science donated 456 trees to nonprofit Siempre Verde and the Maunabo Pro-Development Committee. Through a collaborative effort, the Siempre Verde company oversees the restoration work in […] Read More →

Microsoft closing Humacao manufacturing plant by ’24

Published 23 September 2021, 11:06 am
Microsoft Corp. will be shuttering its only wholly owned manufacturing facility in the world, located in Humacao, in 2024, leaving 78 employees jobless, Department of Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel Cidre confirmed. Microsoft Operations Puerto Rico in Humacao has been doing business there since 1989. At present, it is occupying a building owned by […] Read More →

Gov’t announces trade mission to Dominican Republic later this year

Published 23 September 2021, 5:04 am
Looking to promote and strengthen the presence and incursion of local companies into the Dominican Republic market, the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC, in Spanish), through its Trade and Export Program, is recruiting for the first in-person multisectoral trade mission since the start of the pandemic, from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2021. “Currently, the […] Read More →

Foundation for Puerto Rico’s Innovation and Public Policy Council holds 1st meeting

Published 23 September 2021, 5:03 am
The Foundation for Puerto Rico’s Innovation Center will hold the Innovation Council’s first meeting on Sept. 28, to bring together more than 60 leaders from a cross-section of sectors including communities, government, private sector, academia, nonprofits, and professional associations. The goal is to establish a priority agenda to be developed under a participatory process, the […] Read More →

Nonprofit breaks ground on $4.6M expansion of primary health clinic in Luquillo

Published 23 September 2021, 5:02 am
The Concilio Integral de Loíza Inc., which has facilities in the towns of Loíza, Río Grande, Ceiba and Luquillo, announced the groundbreaking of the new Clinica Familiar in Luquillo, through a $4.6 million investment in federal funding. The executive of the entity known as CSILO, César A. Rodríguez, said the new primary care clinic will […] Read More →

Op-Ed: The insensible sense of rights

Published 23 September 2021, 5:01 am
We have seen a significant percentage of the population behaving with an insensible sense of rights. Some people believe they deserve privileges above anyone else; they do not care if their actions impact others and are often brazen and arrogant in their activities. We have in the U.S. 182,012,343 Americans fully vaccinated, just 54.8% of […] Read More →

Unsecured Creditors Committee to host informative sessions for voting

Published 23 September 2021, 5:00 am
The Unsecured Creditors Committee, one of the parties participating in the restructuring process of some $73 billion in government debt, announced it will be hosting several informative sessions for creditors who may have received voting ballots. The creditors may have recently received a Class 58 or Class 66 ballot to vote to accept or reject […] Read More →

Entrepreneurship becomes a way of life in Puerto Rico

Published 22 September 2021, 5:07 am
If the past decade has shown anything is that Puerto Ricans look adversity in the eye and say, “bring it on!” An economic downturn that has lasted longer than that, the back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, the earthquakes that rocked the south, and the COVID-19 pandemic have hit hard, but residents of this island have found […] Read More →

SEC charges Puerto Rican co., managing members with fraud

Published 22 September 2021, 5:06 am
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against Puerto Rico-based Back to Green Mining LLC and its two managing members, José Jiménez-Cruz and Manuel Portalatín, for their participation in a fraudulent and unregistered offering in a purported “green” mining venture. The SEC’s complaint alleges that, from August 2016 until at least 2020, Back to Green, […] Read More →

Ports Authority lands $45.3M grant for Aguadilla airport upgrades

Published 22 September 2021, 5:05 am
The Puerto Rico Ports Authority received an additional $45.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help complete the estimated $130 million, five-year construction of the new runway at the Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla. “This new grant joins the one announced in September 2020 for $24.2 million from the FAA, as […] Read More →

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